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Introduction v 

Letter-Book of Samuel Sewall 1 

Samuel Sewall, Jr.'s, Memoranda 295 

General Index to Vols. I. and II 323 

Addenda et Corrigenda to Vol. 1 375 


IN fulfilment of the promise made in the " Prefatory Note " 
to Volume I. of the Letter-Book, the Editors append the 
following brief . review of the contents and value of the 

With the exception of a few characteristic letters, some of 
which will be referred to later, the bulk of the material con- 
tained in the two volumes of the Letter-Book is simply such a 
record as the careful merchant of to-day keeps in his Copy-Book. 
Perhaps one half, certainly a large part of the publication, re- 
lates to mercantile transactions and ventures. Some of these, 
as may be inferred from the note to page 4 of Volume I., would 
no doubt be useful to one who was compiling a history of the 
commerce of colonial and provincial times. Others, incident- 
ally as it were, give one a glimpse of household economy of 
those days, showing, as in the memoranda on page 105 of Vol- 
ume II., what was needed in fitting out a young bride who was 
about to begin housekeeping. At the same time, the invoices 
of books show a range of learning and acquirements in certain 
departments of letters. No small part of the record is taken up 
with religious subjects, which Sewall debated at great length 
with some of the old Orthodox divines and with other seriously 
minded persons of that intensely religious age. 

Among those letters which seem to the Editors of special 
value as characteristic of the writer may be mentioned the 
following : — 





" Samuel Sewall to [Daniel Gookin?]," dated " Newbury 16 Calend- 

Martij, 1671 " 17 

" " Burbenk," dated "Boston, N. E., June 6 th , 

1694" 143 

" " "Rev. Edward Taylor," dated "Boston, N. E., 

October 28, 1696 " 171 

" " John Wise," dated " Boston, April 12, 1698 " . . 196 
" " "his Daughter Elisabeth," dated "Boston, Octob? 

26, 1699 " 213 

" " " Nathanael Higginson," dated "Boston, N. Eng- 
land, Nov. 18, 1699 " 214 

" Darien Expedition," dated "Boston, N. E., April 8, 1700" ... 227 

" Samuel Sewall to Sir William Ashhurst," dated " May 3, 1700 " . . 231 

" " Josias Crow," dated " Oct r 18 th , 1700" .... 245 

" " John Sewall," dated " Febr. 23, 170}" .... 290 

" (?) " Rev. Nicholas Noyes," dated " Octob r 9, 1705 " . 315 

"Rev. Ezekiel Cheever," dated "April 1, 1708. 

Fer'm quinta" 365 

" " " Mrs. Judith Pease," dated " March 19, 17^} " . . 408 

" " Thomas Noyes," dated "March 3, 17^" ... 416 
and letters following on the same subject. 


" Samuel Sewall to Cousin " dated " Boston; Febr. 23, 170} " . 17 

" " " Rev. Nathaniel Stone," dated " February 25, 17i| " 40 
11 " " Addington Davenport," dated "Boston; July 20, 

1719" 101 

" " Rev. Timothy Woodbridge," dated "June 1, 1721" 133 

" " Governor Saltonstall," dated "8 r . 15, 1722" . . 143 

" " " Governor Burnet," dated "Sept' 23, 1723" . . 154 

" " " President Wadsworth," dated " Febr. 3, 172| " . 196 

See also selections made by George E. Ellis and published in Mass. Hist. 

Soc. Proceed., XII (1871-73), 358. 

Of the possible fruits which the publication may bear, the 
Editors have given some illustrations in the notes. Even the 
most fragmentary references serve a certain purpose in confirm- 
ing what may be more fully stated elsewhere ; as for instance, 
in Sewall's Diary or in other contemporary records. However 
local historians may differ as to the extent of the influence 
which Sewall exerted on his day and generation, no one will 
deny that lie was a faithful annalist, and consequently that any 
account kept by him for a space of years covering the period of 


his active life has a certain value which entitles it to publication 
in full. 

The classical reader cannot fail to recognize ample evidence 
in both volumes of good training and ability on the part of the 
writer. Beginning with the letter to his college friend, and 
continuing throughout his life, Sewall had frequent occasion 
to express himself in Latin quotation and composition. Com- 
petent critics pronounce his verses to be smooth and accurate 
in quantity. Dr. Everett, in referring to " the poetry of Sewall's 
verses, both English and Latin," says, " In the latter, at least, 
the metre is irreproachable, according to the rules of quantity as 
recognized by the scholars of his time. An exhaustive examina- 
tion of the verses in the Diary leaves no doubt on this subject." 
See Mass. Hist. Soc. Proceed, for March, 1888. 

The Editors are aware that numerous letters are extant which 
Sewall did not preserve in his Letter or Copy Book. The num- 
ber of these is so large that it was decided not to include them 
in this publication, but to suggest that a suitable selection might 
afford sufficient material for a separate volume. 

At the close of the Letter-Book proper, as will be found there 
noted, are some extracts of Sewall, Jr.'s, which it was thought 
advisable to add. They are taken from the manuscript volume 
in the possession of Miss Henrietta B. Ridgway of Boston, — see 
Introduction to Volume I. of the Diary, — and contain facts of 
interest chiefly to the genealogist. The Editors are indebted 
also to Miss Ridgway for permission to reproduce by heliotype 
process a bill of lading which is inserted at the beginning of Vol- 
ume II. Further acknowledgment is made to Henry W. Haynes, 
not only for assistance in preparing the Latin of both volumes 
for publication (see Vol. I. 317, note), but also for many notes 
and " addenda," among the former being the " broadside " in 
Latin at the end of the second volume. As was mentioned in 
the "Prefatory Note" to Volume I., those notes which are not 
followed by Eds, appear in the original manuscript. At the 
close of Volume II., will be found a list of " Addenda et Corri- 
genda" fco Volume I., relating to the first edition only, subse- 
quent editions being open to revision. 

Note. — In explanation of many of the errors in spelling of English words, and 
of blunders in the Latin, as they appear in the original manuscript of the Letter- 
Book, it should be stated that much of the contents, as the handwriting shows, was 
not copied by Sewall, but probably transcribed by some clerk, apprentice, or mem- 
ber of his family. 




Vol. II. 



To Br. Increase Mather. 

May 6, 1712. 

Reverd. Sir, — The Books you sent me last Midweek, 
were originall j the Company's ; I sent them to Gov? Ash- 
hurst ; the Clasps only were mine. And I have enquired 
into the Capture and Condemnation of Capt. Webber, and 
find they were now absolutely his, by the Captor's free 
Gift. Therefore it is but just that they should be his, on 
whom Mr, Webber has bestow'd them : And I have ac- 
cordingly sent them to you again. They have been at 
Martinico, and at Antigua. For ought I know, they have 
had Travel enough, and may now properly abide at home. 1 
Desiring your Prayers for the Court that is to sit this day, 
I take leave, who am Sir, your most humble Serv? 


1 The text, in connection with Sewall's Diary, II. 345, April 30, 1712, 
warrants the following account of this transaction. By Captain Webber, 
Sewall sent several volumes, one of which was a " Psalter bound in Turkey 
Leather," to Sir William Ashhurst, then the Province Agent in England, 
and connected with the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel among 
the Indians. England and France were at war. Webber's vessel, taken 
by a French privateer, was lawfully condemned in some French Prize Court 
in the West Indies. The captor, probably finding an English Psalter and 
similar books of little commercial value in a French community, gave them 
to Captain Webber. On his return to Boston he gave them to Increase 
Mather, who returned them to Sewall as his property. But Sewall, recog- 
nizing the validity of the several transfers, returned them to Mather. — Eds. 

VOL. II. — 1 


For the Reverend Doctor Cotton Mather in Boston. 

Boston, 28 th Febr., 17^. 

Reverend Sir, — I cannot without being guilty of 
Black Ingratitude neglect to return hearty Thanks for 
the Love and Fidelity shewn to me in your Letter of the 
2G 1 ! 1 Instant; in that you not only honoured me with 
such a Message (the effect whereof I hope suddenly to 
acquaint you with) but also for the faithfull Reproofs and 
Advice therein contained ; For my inadvertency, folly, 
and Sin, in not sharply Reproving, and positively forbid- 
ding the Madness of that Mock-prophet, is that which I 
am not only ashamd of, but desire to bewail before GOD, 
and all good people. For which, scarce any thing can be 
pleaded for extenuation. For though I declared my Dis- 
pleasure at this, and his Mock-Dress, at the first motion 
and Sight of it; yet I canot but acknowledge my self 
guilty of the Sin of Eli, in not Rebuking, and forbidding 
it with more Severity. For it was always odious to me, 
and also to another worthy person in the Room. But 
being urgd by great part of the Company, and not posi- 
tively forbidden by any one ; it was suffered to go on ; 
not considering the evil of the thing or of its consequents. 
For though it was cry'd up for a piece of wit; and some 
were almost angry at me for hindring : yet I must confess 
herein I have Sind, that on any account soever, I suffered 
this thing. For which I desire with deep humiliation to 
ask pardon of the great GOD, whom I have thereby of- 
fended. And wherpas you hint that my Name suffereth; 
1 acknowledge it deserveth so to doe ; and do accept of it 
as a part of the punishment due to me. But there is that 
which is worse ; for the Name of GOD and our holy Re- 
ligion suffereth on the same account. And God's people 
are hereby grieved; which I desire to bewail; Earnestly 
requesting your Prayers that the Mercifull GOD would 


not only pardon this my Sin ; with all the rest of my 
coming short of Duty : but give me Grace to walk hum- 
bly, and watchfully over my corrupt and deceitfull heart, 
all my days. These from your sorrowful and humble 
Servant. Ephraim Savage. 1 


To the Reverend Dr. Cotton Mather. 

May 6, 1712. 

Keverend Sir, — I thank you for your comunications 
and favours ; especially for the excellent Letters from 
Capt. Ephraim Savage, and to Col. Townsend, and for 
the sight of your Illustrations on the Eevelation which I 
now return, and ask your pardon that I have done it no 
sooner; There is one case wherein I would bespeak your 
compassions ; Elisabeth Negro born in Col. Shrimptons 
house, late Serv' to Col. Winslow was condemn'd at Pli- 
mouth on account of the death of her Bastard Child. 2 
She beg'd some Time with Tears ; and probably, this may 
be the last entire day of her riefed [reprieved] time ; 
the next light will shew her dead and buried. I hope 
she will hear a Lecture to morrow ; Pray that she may 
hear the Voice of the Son of God, and Live. 
I am Sir, 

your friend and humble Serv* 

Samuel Sewall. 

memorandum of letter. 

To Mr. Edward Taylor at Westfield, Aug* 1, 1712. In- 
closed Mr. Thatcher and Danforth's Sermons preached at 

1 See Sewall's Diary, IT. 336, 337. — Eds. 

2 This was probably a conviction under the Provincial Statute of 1696 
(1 Province Laws, 255), copied from the English statute of 1 Jac. 1, ch. 27, 
punishing with death the mother of an illegitimate child for concealing its 
death. Effie Deans in the " Heart of Midlothian " was convicted under a 
similar statute. The provincial statute was repealed by St. 1784, ch. 42, 
and the English one by St. 43 Geo. 3, ch. 58, § 3. —Eds. 


Braintrey; Mr. Cheever's Election-Sermon; Two Cata- 
logues ; one for Mr. Mather of Windsor, Bachelour and 
Master's Theses. Have been calld this day to the Cave 
of Machpelah. 1 Pray, That to Live to us may be Christ ; 
and to dye, Gain. S. S. 


To Mr. John Love, 

Aug*. 4, 1712. 

Sir, — I writ to you of Aug* 9, 1711, <p Capt. Keeling, 
as I remember. Lest that should have miscarried, I have 
renewed a Catalogue of Books I would have bought. If 
you have any Money over, send in good Shirting Holland : 
If your Money fall short, abate one out of each double 
Sett. Mr. Storke my former Correspondent is dead ; but 
I hope his Son of the same name and place, will furnish 
you with Money. 

I am Sir S. S. 2 

«p Capt. Green. 


To Cousin John Storke the Son. 

Aug 1 . 5, 1712. 8 

Sir, — I condole the death of my good and kind Kins- 
man your father ; and congratulat his Removal to a Better 
place, and Better Company. Tis the privilege of Heaven, 
that all the Company There is Good ; and not one indi- 
vidual of all that good Company will ever be lost. Their 
Endearments will ever be flourishing and growing. GOD 
of his Grace preserve us, and bring us to that Blessed 
Slate of Secure Constant Bliss; in which I hope your 
good Father and dear and amiable Mother are safely Set- 
tled. 1 received your Letter of the 26* March, the 31. of 
May last, <p my Cousin Mr. Samuel Storke. Mr. Hirst 

i See Sewall'a Diary. II. 859. —Eds. 
2 See Aug. f), 1711 [Vol. I. 411. — Eds.]. 
8 Sent again g the Chester, January, 17^). 


will assist him all that he can, and reckons that he is well 
able to help himself. 

I am willing that the Tenant be allowed something 
Towards the Repair of the Buildings. And the Elm- 
Tree is absolutely at your dispose. I cant endure Trees 
of so great Bulk, near a house. 

I am under a Necessity to desire you to Remit the 
Rent to my Order in London, to Mr. John Love in St. 
Laurence Lane, London. There are many Memorandums 
I want, and can no other way Suply my self. I now 
want books for my Son devoting himself to the Work 
of the Ministry. 

I would have you send me word whether Sir William 
Petty was born, and went to School at Rumsey, or no ; 1 
the School at the end of the Church. I now presume he 
did, because your brother informs me, that Sir William 
Petty gave the house you dwell in towards the Mainten- 
ance of that School. Send me Word; and whether Sir 
William ever dwelt in that house ; in his Minority, or 
Since. I am thankfull to you that you undertake my 
business. My Service to worthy Mr. Goldwire, if Living. 
I trust GOD will suport him in his Age. I am Sir, your 
loving Cousin and humble Servt. S. S. 


To Mr. Caleb Watson at Hartford. 

Aug* 6, 1712. 

Sir, — Mrs. Mighill your Sister, when upon her death- 
bed, express'd her desire of having her daughter Mary 
dwell with you, after her decease. Mrs. Mighill having 
sent for me, and left this desire of hers with me, I thought 
it convenient to acquaint you with it, and enquire whether 

1 Sir William Petty, the son of a clothier, was born at Romsey in 1623, 
and was educated at the Grammar School there. He died in London in 
1687 and was buried in his native town. — Eds. 


you and Mrs. Watson were Willing to fulfill the Will of 
your Sister, by taking Mrs. Mary Mighill to dwell in the 
house with you. If your Circumstances be agreeable, and 
you be freely Willing to shew this Kindness, I pray you 
to signify it in a few Lines to me, who am, Sir, your 
friend and humble Servt. S. S. 

Inclosd a Catalogue. 


To Jeremiah Dummer Esqr. Agent, Aug* 16, 1712. 
Thanks for Letters, Mr. Dibben's verses. Congratulat 
Mr. W m Dumer's quick Passage. The Setting up the 
Church Episc. of Engld. at Newbury N. E. you may be 
assured tis not out of Love to the Church of E. but of 

inordinat Love to themselves. 1 Mr. Comfort Star 2 

Sent in a Packet Elect Sermon, Reconciliation of the 2 
Churches at Braintrey. Let Mr. Newman have one of 
the Catalogues ; and one of Mr. Hobart's Verses, 3 with 
my Service. S. S. 


To Mrs. Mary Durher of Swatheling, now dwelling at Rumsey. 

Augt. 20, 1712. 

Madam, — I am Obliged in that you have designd and 
done me the honor of a Letter, which my Cousin [Mr.] 
Carter deliverd me the 2 d of June last. He seems to me 
a modest worthy person ; and I hope, will in this Diver- 
sion doe himself and us good. He is employd in one of 
the best Shops in town : and considering the scarcity made 
by t lie late Fire, 4 is well accomodated for Diet and Lodg- 
ing. I thank you for the Genealogy furnished by you. 
Of my Parents Eight Children, it fell to my share only to 

1 See Vol. T. 410. —Ens. 

2 Rev. Comfort Star (II. C. 1047) died 1711.— Eds. 
» See Vol. I. 315, n.— Eos. 

4 See Vol. I. 422. — Eds. 


be born in the parish where my Great Grandfather liv'd, 
and to be baptisd in the Church where he lyes interd. I 
sympathise with my Unkle Dumer regarding the indispo- 
sition of his youngest Son : I pray G. to loose his Iron 
Bonds. We have a worthy Scholar and physician, who is 
in danger of losing his Life by the same Distemper ; to 
the great grief of his neighbours. He dwells about mid- 
way between this and Newbury. I observe your pious 
frame in keeping your Eye on Eternity. There has not 
been a Famine of Hearing the Words of the Lord at Eum- 
sey ; — your choice of it for the place of your Residence, 
is a good Omen that your removal out of this World shall 
not be, till it be for your Benefit and Advantage. By 
myself I know the pain my Cousin your daughter's. Un- 
healthiness must needs put you to. I hope you will bothe 
experience Moderation and Profit in this Affliction. 

I have been in the O 5 Moneths above 60. years; 
have ever now and then occasion to look into my Mach- 
pelah, where, besides other near and dear Relations, I 
have eight Children, and three Grand-Children. More- 
over I buried one Son at Newbury, whether I sent him 
for his Health. Twill be justly expected that I be not 
unready ; Pray for me that I may learn so to number my 
days as to apply my heart unto Wisdom. I have two 
Sons and three Daughters living ; one Son, and one daugh- 
ter Married by whom I have Eight surviving Grand- 
Children. My bowels doe, and ought to yern towards 
them with a longing desire that they may be the Children 
of Abraham, the Children of GOD. The Eleventh of 
June last, Ten years were compleated since his Excellency 
Joseph Dudley Esqr. has had the Government of this 
Province, which is accounted a great while, for a Com- 
mission-Governour; We may expect Great Changes: But 
GOD is able to prepare us for the entertainment of them. 
My service to Mr. Gold wire, if living. I am Madam, 
with much regard your obliged Kinsma and most humble 
Servt S. S. 



To Adolphe PJdlllpse Esqr. at New- York. 

V. 22, 1712. 
Sir, — It was last Monday night that I came off my 
Journy from Bristol ; and the Post was gon before your 
Letter came to hand. I now congratulat your Recovery 
from Sickness, and Thank you for your Letters ; that you 
have so generously undertaken what I requested on be- 
half of Sir William Ashhurst. Am glad that you have 
made so good a beginning ; And I pray you to go for- 
ward, and make as thorow work of it as can be. In doing 
which you will very much oblige 

Sir, your most humble Serv' S. S. 


To Mr. Jn° Williams of Dearfield, 7 r 24, 1712. Desired 
prayers for Joseph, as he in his gave me occasion. La- 
mented Mr. Hobart. Inclosed the Non-Conformists Let- 
ter, this weeks News-Letter, Half Duz. Mr. Hobart's verses, 
with the occasion ; They are chiefly hortatory, and there- 
fore I might honestly print them. 


Boston ; Octob? 15, 1712. 
Whereas some are said to take in hand to erect a Mill 
on Neponset River, below the Bridge, near the house in 
which dwells Walter Everden Tenant to the Proprietors 
of the Powder- Works ; Without the knowledge or apro- 
bation of the said Proprietors, to whom one half of the 
Stream belongs: These are to warn all persons, Not to 
proceed in erecting any Mill there upon pain of being 
prosecuted in the Law for invading the Right of the said 
Pro prie tours. Samuel Sewall. 

To Mil. Walter Everden 

George Everden 

Mr. Isaac Rtal 

or any other concernd. 



To Adolph Phillipse Esqr. at New- York. 

9'. 24, 1712. 

Sir, — Capt. Arthur Savage arrived here this day, 29 
days passage from Falmouth, by whom I have receivd a 
Letter from Sir William Ashhurst dated Aug* 14, wherein 
with much concern Sir W m renews his desire of having an 
Account taken of his Nephew Lane. Inclosed also is a 
Letter to Mr. Lane, which I forward by this Post : Being 
thus my self moved afresh, you will pardon my Renewing 
my Addresses to you that you would effectually pursue 
that Affair, and as speedily as may be, that the Accounts 
may be sent by the Mast Fleet, to which Capt. Matthews is 
Convoy. I will reimburse you what you Expend in the 
management of this Business. Favour me with a Line 
by the next Post. There has been so much Rain and 
Darkness to-day, that I have not been in Town : I hear 
my Lord Godolphin 1 is dead. I am Sir, your most humble 
Serv*- S. S. 

N. paid not the postage of this Letter. 


To the Hon h \ e William Vaughan Esqr. at Portsmouth. 

January 5, 17{|. 

Hon ble Sir, — The Post has gon once, since Col. George 
Vaughan your Son shewed me a demand of yours of 
Twenty odd pounds due from the Mint ever since the 
year 1677, or 1678. Quickly after Col. Vaughan's de- 
parture, I was taken sick, and obligd to keep house many 
days ; and am still liable to an Ague in my face, which 
very much unfits me for searching after papers this Win- 
ter Season. As to the Account formerly sent, I can ad 

1 Sidney, first Earl of Godolphin, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Anne, 
died Sept. 15, 1712. —Eds. 


nothing to my Letter of 8 r 13, 1701. The Business of 
the Mint was managed by it self, and the Account kept 
distinct; by which means I can find no footsteps at all of 
this latter, in the Books of my honoured Father-in-Law 
Capt. John Hull, who died in the Fall 1683. The chief 
part of the Shop's Business went through Mr. Daniel 
Quinsey's hands; He was a very honest carefull Man. 
Mr. Saunderson and all that wrought in the Shop under 
him, used to be very diligent in paying for the Silver 
taken in. It is a great Hardship that Claims should ly 
neglected in their Life-time, who knew how to Account 
and answer for them ; and be at this long distance of 
time offered to me, who know nothing of the matter, and 
can by no Endeavour come at any knowledge of them. 
It seems strange that I should be at Portsmouth many 
times, and in your Company, particularly in the Sumer 
1701, and that yet you should not say the least word to 
me, of any debt owing to you ! I should be glad of an 
Oportunity of conferring w 7 ith you about this Affair. I 
am sure I would be very far from detaining from you any 
thing that I knew was my due to pay. With Acknowl- 
edgment of }^our many Kindnesses to me, I take Leave, 
who am, Hon b ! e Sir, 

Your friend and humble Serv* S. S. 


To Mr. John Love. 

January 7, 17J}. 1 

Sir, — I apprehend my Catalogue for Books by Capt. 
Green, is lost as well as that sent <p Capt. Keeling: I 
have yours of the 18*- July 1712, Expressing the want of 
it ; I therefore now renew it as follows ; 

Pole's 2 English Annotations. 

1 See Aug 1 0, 1711, p the Chester, and by Capt. Martin. 
- Matthew Poole, a learned divine, ejected for non-conformity in 1662. 
He died ;it Amsterdam in 1G79, aged 55. — Eds. 


Mr. Henry's a Annotations so far as he has gon. 

The Dutch Aiiotations. 

Cambridge Concordance. 

Tremellius and Junius Latin Bible of a fair print to 
carry to Church. 

Pareus 2 his Adversaria on the Bible. 

Dr. Lightfoot's Works in Volums. 

Tigurine Bible. 

Harris's Lexicon Tecnicum. 


Pauli Freheri Theatrum virorum Eruditione clarorum. 

Dr. Preston's Works. 

Eushworth's Collections abridgd and improvd, two Setts. 3 

Kay of the Wisdom of GOD in the Creation. 4 

All Calvin's Comentaries. 

Dr. Owen's two last volums on the Hebrews, from the 
6 b . h Chapter to the End. 

Stillingfleet's Origines Sacrae, Irenicum, Church Rome. 

Supplement to the great Historical Dictionary. 

Dr. Edwards his Tracts. 5 

Two Herbert's Poems. 

Mr. Watts's Hymns. 

Virgil in usum Delphini. I have Ovid's Metamorpho- 
sis ; if there be any thing else of Ovid in Usum Delphini, 
let me have it. 

Dr. Arrowsmith's Armilla. 6 

1 Undoubtedly Philip Henry, the well-known ejected divine. — Eds. 

2 The author of Commentarius in Genesin, which possibly is the work 
referred to in the text, published at Geneva in 1614. — Eds. 

3 An Abridgment of Rush worth's Historical Collections appeared in 
1703. — Eds. 

4 " The Wisdom of God manifested in the Works of Creation," by John 
Ray, F.R.S. The author, a famous naturalist, died in 1705, aged 77. — Eds. 

5 John Edwards, D.D., a Church of England divine, died in 1716, 
aged 79. — Eds. 

6 John Arrowsmith, " an eminent Puritan divine," died in 1659, aged 57. 
The book referred to is " Armilla Catechetica, or a Chain of Principles 
wherein the Chief Heads of the Christian Religion are Asserted and Im- 
proved." London, 1659. — Eds. 


If any of the Old Books be so scarce, that they are very 
dear; forbear buying them; and acquaint me with the 
Price. If there be any Money to Spare, send a pattern 
for a Cloak of good black Hair Camlet ; and the rest in 
good Shirting Holland. I wish these well to your hands 
who am, Sir your humble Serv' S. S. 


To Cousin Sarah Storke at Rumsey, $ the Chester, 

Jatf 10, 17if . 

Loving Cousin, — Yours of March 24 th was received 
May 31, 1712, which I thank you for, and for your kind 
Acceptance of my small Tokens. So many Letters have 
miscarried in this time of War, that I am even weary of 
writing. I hope you have heard before now, that your 
Brother came safe, and is like to do well here. And our 
Cousin Carter met with good Acceptance and Employ- 
ment. I join with you in lamenting the loss of your good 
Father in Law ; and Rejoice with you on the Account of 
your Recovery from your Fever. I was visited with an 
intermitting Fever the last Fall; from which it pleased 
God in a short time to Recover me. The Great Physician 
that caused Peter's Mother-in-Laws Fever to leave her; 
gave Comandment for our Healing : Let us minister unto, 
and praise Him ; 'tis all we can doe, and He expects no 
more. My Son Joseph, who is in the 25 th year of his 
Age, and entring upon the Work of the Ministry, had a 
sore Fit of Sickness the last Spring and Suffier : but his 
Health is restored, and he preaches again. Samuel, my 
eldest Son, has buried two Sons, and two daughters; hath 
one daughter living, above a year old. My daughter 
Elizabeth Hirst hath two Sons, and four daughters; her 
first was still born. My daughter Mary Gerrish died in 
Child-bed Nov? 17, 1710, in the 20 th year of her Age: 
her little daughter, being her first Child, died the Spring 


following. My wife and I have buried Five Sons, and Four 
daughters ; and we have Two Sons, and Three daughters 
living. Those buried were all very young except Mary. 
The Survivours are Samuel, Hannah, Elisabeth, Joseph, 
Judith. Judith, her Grandmother Hull's namesake, entered 
upon the Twelfth year of her Age, the 2 d of this Instant 
January. We need Prayers for our Children, that they 
may be found walking in the Truth : We need Prayers 
for our selves ; that we who have followed so many Chil- 
dren and Grand-children to the Grave, we may not be 
Unready for our own departure. Am glad that my Aunt 
is so far Recovered from her Lameness, and Sickness, as 
to be able to comfort you with her Love and pity under 
your confinement. Present my Duty to her, and to my 
Unkle Dunier of Uper Horton : I desire to sympathise 
with him in his Afflictions. My Love to your Brother 
Mr. N. Dunier of Compton ; and to all my dear Cousins 
of each Family. I writ to Madam Dunier of Swathling 
of the 20 t . h of August. I was obliged by hers dated March 
14, last. My Service to her. Mr. Nehemiah Hobart, 1 a 
very worthy Minister of Newton about 8 miles from hence, 
died the 25 th of August last, in the 64 th year of his Age. 
He is much Lamented. I have a particular Loss ; in that 
he was a very good Old Friend. Aug* 17, he preach'd 
Forenoon and Afternoon ; and at the close of the day 
Bles'd the Congregation in the form prescribed Num. 6. 
24, 25, 26, which made an impression upon many ; they 
reckond he had taken leave of them, they should never 
hear him again ! I think he had used that form but once 
before. Has left only daughters. We have had a time 
of Health. In Cofiecticut, a neighbouring Government, 
there has been great Mortality; Many desireable Usefull 
Men have been removed; Sundry of them young, and 
middle-aged ; that they are ready to say, What will GOD 

1 See Sewall's Diary, II. 361, note, 362. — Eds. 


doe? My Service to my Cousin your Husband, with 
Thanks for his Lines. I take leave who am your loving 
Cousin and Serv fc S. S. 


To Wait Winthrop Esqr. Chief Justice, at New-London, 
January 12, 17yf. Agrievd that by your Sickness, and 
the Winter [you] are a while longer shut up at N. London 
— Col. Nicholson. Luke 13. Cape-Ann-Men. Fain you 
should be at least at Plimouth to see the End of that 
which had its beginning at your house. Much want your 
agreeable Conversation. &c. &c. &c. 

To Mr. James Noyes of Stonington, Jan r 19, 17{§. 
Inclosd Dr. Mather's Conecticut Prodigal, and 25 t . h Dec r . 
writ a vindication of Joseph. Gen. 47. Col. Nicholson. 
Sent Mr. Mayhew's Letter — <p Gov r Saltonstall. 

To Jer. Dunier Esqr. Agent — Jan r 20, 17-}f. Copied 
that of Aug* 16. 1712. Thankd now for his effectual care 
about the Indian Girl in Plimouth Goal, which have re- 
ceived to good satisfaction. Sent Squash-seeds <p Mr. 
Fanevil. 50. Bonifacius ( p. Barrington. Draw a Bill 
on me for Seven pounds Ten Shillings Bills Credit payable 
to Mr. Justice Dunier my hon c ! Kinsman taking the value 
there ; which Accept as a small Tender of my Acknowl- 
edgments from Sir your humble Serv' S. S. 

To Nathanael Byfield Esqr. at Bristol Jan r 20, 17{f. 
To desire him to use his Interest that the Admiralty case 
depending at Plimouth might be taken up and agreed by 
the parties, and not come to Court. Am persuaded 
t would be to the disadvantage of neither Court. You 
will not readily be troubled with another of the same 
nature. Inclosed the Conecticut Prodigal. Sent <p the 
Lieut Gov r 


To Mr. Jn° Sparhawk Janf 20, inclosing Dr. Cotton 
Mather's Sermon preach'd the 25* h Dec!\ I caiiot sub- 
scribe the censure of Joseph so great a Saint and Saviour. 


To Dr. Cotton Mather. 

Febr. 3, 17$f. 

Rev? Sir, — I thank you for your kind facetious Salu- 
tation yesterday, on the Adjournment of our Visit to the 
Eelic and Library. I hope we shall nick the Time at last, 
and not fall into the other Extream. I thank you for the 
sight of your Manuscript. I have read Grave and Judi- 
cious Calvin on Gen. 47. And am more readv to frown 
than Smile, To see you break thorow so great a Cloud of 
Witnesses incamping around you ; and goe over to a Bold, 
Immodest blasphemer of Them that dwell in Heaven. 
With eagerness, to Reproach and vilify so Great a Saint, 
and Saviour as Joseph, without any certain ground; it is 
not right; it is ingratitude. Calvin suggests that Joseph 
did not Transplant the Egyptians : If that be true, it will 
stop a great part of the Clamor of F. T. I take notice, 
that he who insults Joseph, by an indecent Remembrance 
of his Oaths, falls himself to profane Speaking, in his 
blind zeal for the Defence of Jeroboam. Bless me! what 
stuff is this ? If the Jacobites have a mind to answer this 
book ; What is written concerning Joseph, will give them 
a most desirable Advantage ; they will laugh to see their 
Antagonists bruising themselves on this Rock ; But the 
University of Glascow will be grievd at it. I hope I shall 
be made the more able to bear the Reproaches that are 
appointed me, by observing that even Joseph himself goes 
not Scot-free. Desiring your Prayers for me, and mine, 
especially my Joseph, I take leave, who am, Sir, your 
obliged friend and humble Serv* S. S. 



To Col. John Otis at Barnstable, )«, «i 1712 t» 
To Mr. James Pain of Barnstable. J T¥ * 

excite them to endeavour an Accomodation in the Admi- 
ralty Case depending in the Superiour Court to be held 
at Plimouth. To Agree will be acceptable to the Judge?, 
Best for the Parties, and County. 


To Adolphe PhiUipse Esqr. at Neio-yorJc. 

Febr. 23, 17Jf. 

Sir, — These are to acknowledge the Favour of yours 
of the 13 th January : and the continued pains taken by 
you in procuring an Account for Sir William Ashhurst. 
I visit you again, and entreat you to hold on in providing 
such an Account as you describe. But (if you have not 
done it already) don't tell Mr. Lane the End for which 
you are at all this Labour ; because Sir William is som- 
thing jealous, lest Mr. Lane should be over much in Mr. 
Gough's Interests. You will take this Hint, so as may 
make for the advantage of Sir William ; and not other- 
wise. Let not my Slowness prejudice }^our early Advice 
of what you further effect. They begin to complain of 
Sickness and Mortality to the eastward of Pascataqua 
River. T pray God to heal them ; and preserve this Town 
and New- York, in Health ; and not draw the Line of C01I- 
ecticut over us. I am with all due Regards, Sir, your 
most humble Serv! S. S. 


March 11 th , 17 Jf To Mr. Edward Taylor inclosing 
Mr. Walter of the Glory of Christ. Madam Elisha Hutch- 
inson, Madam Addington, Mr. Whiting of Billerica buried 


the same day. Scottish Address 95 9*? from Tnverbervy. 
D. Hamilton and Ld. Moon. 1 Cease not to pray for us. 


Copy of what I writ to Col. Penn Townsend. 

Boston; Febr. 23, 170f. 

Dear Cousin, — I have yours dated Febr. 11 th which I 
receiv'd this week, wherein you ask my Advice in a very 
important Affair ; viz. that of your Marriage. — you 
have been advised to marry the widow of your Cousin 
German: 'Tis pity any should be so unadvised, as to 
prompt you to doe a needless thing, about which Advice 
is needed, to know whether it be lawfull or no. Some 
scruple it, you say. And if you do not scruple it at pres- 
ent, you are not sure you shall not scruple it, after you 
are married ; and that in such a distressing maiier, as all 
the Divines in New-England shall not be able to relieve 
you, or give you satisfaction. There have been, and are 
such Instances. For my own part, it is not plain to me 
that it is lawfull for First Cousins to Marry : I rather 
incline to think it is unlawfull. We ought to have a 
great care, that we be not so ignorantly zealous in cast- 
ing off the yoke of Antichrist, as therewithal to cast off 
Any part of the yoke of Christ. It is not easy to con- 
ceive, how a man's marrying his sister should be a capital 
crime ; and yet the marriage of cousin Germans should 
be blameless, and comendable. Levit. 20, 17. 

Dr. Owen hath this passage — " Brotherhood with re- 
" spect to a near stock, as the children of the same par- 
" ents ; which in the Scripture is constantly extended unto 
" Grandfathers also." Heb. 13. 1. p. 203. 

1 Doubtless referring to the famous duel between the Duke of Hamilton 
and Lord Mohun, November 15, 1712. Both were killed. In Brydges's 
edition of Collins' Peerage, the date of this duel is incorrectly stated to have 
been November 15, 1713. — Eds. 

vol. II. — 2 


If the Scripture reckons Grandfathers, Fathers ; the 
Scripture likewise reckons Cousin Germans, among 
Brothers and Sisters. Who can think it a comly and 
pleasant sight, for a Grandfather to see his own children 
joind together in Marriage ? Who can think it prudent 
and profitable, for Cousin-Germans to seek a Marriage 
Union, whenas they see themselves One already, in their 
Grandfather ? Who can think that it is not unreasonable 
and absurd, for a man to marry his Great Unkle's widow? 
And yet this will also be justified; if the Marriage of 
Cousin Germans be allowed. And it has been done : But 
tell it not in Gath ! I transcribe you a few passages out 
of the Assembly's Annotations on Leviticus, 18. 

I must needs say, it grievs me, that the sweet and amia- 
ble Relations and Names of Unkle and Aunt, should be 
sunk and drown' d in this torrent of Confusion. Learned 
Men, and Councils have been against these Kind of 
Matches; yet because you ask my Advice, I will not 
refrain to give it. 

Do that which is safe, which is most safe, in a matter 
of the greatest Importance. If one were to purchase 
Land to build and plant on ; one would chuse to have 
an undoubted and undefamed Title to it : and not ven- 
ture the perplexity and Disapointment of a crazie Title : 
Much more sure ought a man to be, that he has Heaven's 
License to produce for his Marriage. 

Do that which is honorable, and of good Report, Philip. 
4. 8, 9. Marriage is Honorable. James Printer told me, 
that the Indians call Cousin-Germans Brothers, as the 
Jews did. And he told me, the Indians seldom marry so 

'Tis pity that any English Christian should need to be 
put to an Indian School, to learn the practise of Tem- 
perance and Sobriety. The generality of good people 
use to be displeasd and grievd at these Matches : And 


ordinarily, That which grieves the Saints, grieves the 

Holy Spirit of God. 1 Cor. 8. 12. 

Your loving Unkle S. S. 

The Law of Marriage was in the Hands of Papists ; and 
without question, they went too far in their Prohibitions. 
But then, I fear, the English Nation went beyond the 
Golden Mean towards the other Extream, when by the 
Statute of the 32. of H. 8. c. 38. they expressly made 
the Marriage of Cousin-Germans Lawfull. Cousin Ger- 
mans are near of Kin ; either his Unkle, or his Unkle' s 
son may Eedeem him, or any that is nigh of Kin unto 
him ; Levit. 25. 49. This Law came very conveniently, 
to comply with King Henry's Occasions, who had the 
First Fruits thereof, and presently after married Kath- 
arine Howard Cousin German to Anna Bollen, his second 

Fuller's Church History, Cent. 16. p. 236. 

The Act for Marriage of Cousin Germans, took place, 
July 1. 1540. and the eigth of August following, Kath- 
arine Howard was shewed openly as Queen, at Hampton 
Court. And within less than two years time, the King 
cut her Head off. They that will, from this Example, be 
fond of Marrying Cousin-Germans, Let 'em ! 

July 16. 1708. S. S. 


In Genealogies comonly, the mention is of Men : So in 
these descriptions of Marriages, lawfull, and unlawfull, 
mention is made but only of women. But the same De- 
grees restrain both Men and Women. 

If any man think of some Marriages of holy men in 
Scripture, contrary to these Rules; let him remember, 
that we live now by Laws, and not by Examples. What 
God then either approved, or tolerated, let us neither 


rashly condemn, nor unadvisedly follow ; but obediently 
tarry within the precincts of the Law of Nature. And 
again, in these cases let it ever be remembred, as good 
reason it should, Not only what is Lawfull ; but what also 
is convenient, and fit to be done. For many things are 
Lawfull, which are no way yet Expedient; but most 
Unfit, in regard of some circumstances. 

Babington, Levit. 18. 13. p. 480. 


Boston, March 23, 17i|. 

Hon ble Sir, — Upon what you said to me last week in 
the Council Chamber, I use the freedom of this Comuni- 
cation. Ministers have been wont to disswade persons 
from Marrying Cousin Germans. But to w T hat purpose 
will they do it, if they themselves practise it. Actions 
are Stronger than Words. I heartily wish your daughter 
a good Husband ; and your Nephew, a good Wife ; and 

am Sir, 

your friend and humble Servant 

Samuel Sewall. 

memorandum of letter. 

To Mr. John Love Merchant in London, May 12, 1713, 
Desiring him to undertake Mr. Peter Thachers Business. 
And I put Mr. Thacher of Milton, his Packet, and this my 
Letter into Capt. Hewit's Bag at the Coffee-House in 
Queen-Street, with my own hand. 


To Adolp Philipse Esar. 

May 18, 1713. 

Sir, — Your welcom Letter of the 23* March last, I re- 

ceived the G th of April after my return from Plimouth. 


Am very thankfull to you for your Condescension in un- 
d r taking that Affair, and for jour effectual pursuing it to 
so good an Issue. Mr. Lane, no doubt, will inform S r Wil- 
liam Ashhurst of your diligent Travail therein. However 
I have my self acquainted Him therewith. One reason 
why I gave you the trouble of Postage was because the 
Letters might possibly, in that way goe the safer. And 
you must favour me in this, that I may not finally suffer 
you to be at any Expence. 

We are in danger of losing Mr. Thomas Brattle (He is 
alive and that 's all) who is a great Ornament to our Col- 
lege on account of his eminent Learning especially in the 
Ma thema ticks : Is also very usefull as their Treasurer, 
very serviceably and excellently performing that office. 1 

I again Thank you for the Honour you have done me 
in transacting the difficult business of the perplexing Ac- 
counts, and pray, that if in any thing, I am capable of 
Serving you here, you will coinand, 

Sir, your most humble Serv* 

Samuel Sewall. 


To Mr. E. Pemberton. 

June 8, 1713. 

Revd. Sir, — Next to forwarding others in doing Good ; 
Not to hinder them, is to be chosen. I more and more 
perceive, That the frequent Journies enjoind me by the 
Government; and my other circumstances, will render 
me unfit to attend the Service of Ordering the Seats in 
the South-Meetinghouse. And therefore I desire to be 
dischargd of that Trust: And I do accordingly Resign 

1 Mr. Brattle, so well known in connection with the founding of Brattle 
Street Church and as Treasurer of Harvard College for twenty years, died 
May 21, 1713. In 1712 he was offered the position of Judge of the Superior 
Court, but declined to accept on account of debility and want of legal 
training. See SewalPs Diary, II. 349, note. — Eds. 


my Share therein, Which I pray you to signify to those 
concernd, as there may be Occasion. 
I am, Keverend Sir, your humble Serv' 

Samuel Sewall. 


To Adolph Philipse Esq: at New-yorJc. 

July 9, 1713. 
Sir, — I formerly forwarded a Power of Attorney from 
Sir William Ashhurst to your self. This comes <p Capt. 
Papillon, who arriv'd yesterday. I inclose it, and pray 
you to advise me of the receipt of it. I have a Letter 
for Mr. Henry Lane, which I keep by me because of his 
being gon off. 


To Dr. Cotton Mather. 

Aug*. 4, 1713. 

Rev d Sir, — I offer to your view a small Indian Basket 

of Surlier Fruit. It has been long a-gathering by a weak 

and unskillf ull hand : Tis more than Thirty years since 

you and I have had Conference about : I now pray your 

advice, To whom, when, and how to present it. Please 

to read from the 9 th page to the End; As to the Two 

Witnesses wherein is contained that which probably 

some may carp at. But I am of Opinion it is the Truth; 

and by it many Apocalyptical Phaenomena are well 

Salved [Solved]. Praying GOD to Beautify us with His 

Salvation ; and earnestly desiring your Prayers, I take 

Leave who am Sir, your friend and humble Serv' 

Samuel Sewall. 

I return your Treatise (Manuscript of the Order N. E. 

Churches) with Thanks. 



To Mr. Treat of Eas\t\ham. 

Aug 1 10, 1713. 

Rev? Sir, — Out of the Nullage I have by me, I here- 
with send you One Indian Bible. I send it the rather, 
that it may help to put you in mind of the earnest Re- 
quest of Mrs. Hunting, widow, of Charlestown, the Gov- 
ernour's Sister, a very worthy Gentle-woman : She stands 
in great need of a Servant ; and would fain have an In- 
dian youth of 10 or 12 years of Age, to live in Service 
till he be 21 years old. Her Son-in-Law and Daughter 
help her. They keep a Calash, and want a Lad to drive 
it, and look after the Horse. I pray you to do your En- 
deavour to grant Mrs. Hunting's Request in pleasuring 
her with such a youth. I hope by means of her Inspec- 
tion, he would be well educated. I present you with the 
inclosed Sumer Fruit [2 of Dr. Mather's Sermons]. I 
am Sir, your friend and humble Serv* S. S. 

My Service to Madam Treat. I desire your Prayers! 


To Gov r . Dudley at Boxbury. 

Augt. 25, 1713. 

May it please your Excellency, — I come to con- 
gratulat your being so well over a long and dangerous 
War ; and your Arrival at Peace. I entreat your Excel- 
lency's Acceptance of the small enclosed essay (6 of them) 
in favour of America, being an Apendix to my Phenomena 
Apocalyptica in the year 1697. 1 

Sir, I had gon thus far, and then was call'd to the 
Church-Meeting. At my Return thence, I met with your 
Excellency's Letter dated this day ; which makes me sad. 
I hope, before the end of this week, or in the beginning 
of the next, to go to Brooklin. I am under Appointments 
this Afternoon ; and to morrow the Special Court is to be 

1 See post, page 175, note. — Eds. 


Held. With my Service to your Excellency and your 
good Lady, I take Leave, who am Sir your most humble 
and obedient Servant S. S. 


To Mrs. Mary Dufiier widow at Rumsey, Jan? 4, 17{f , 
the substance of what I writ Aug* 20, 1712, mutatis mutan- 
dis. With an addition relating to Mr. Henry Cox of Bp- 
Stoke, Mr. Goldwire, Mr. Tho. Warren in the Abridgment 
of Mr. Baxter's Life. 


To his Excellency Francis Nicholson Esqr. in Boston. 

January 28, Yl\\. 

May it please your Excellency, — Upon your De- 
sire, we crave leave to inform your Excellency, That by 
Letters from S* Christopher's, Her Majesties Government 
here, receiv'd a Certain Account of the lamentable Ravage 
the French had made upon her Majesties good Subjects of 
that Island, with their Distressing Circumstances ; Where- 
upon, his excellency the Governour and Council ordered 
a Brief for a Voluntary Contribution to be made in this 
Province, to be put into the hands of us the Subscribers 
for their Relief. The Sum Collected upon the said Brief, 
amounted to Six Hundred Seventy four pounds, four Shil- 
lings, and nine pence; 1 Which according to the Direction 
of the said Governour and Council, was invested in Bread, 
Flower, Pease, Pork and Fish, — and Ship'd on Board 
three Sloops. The two first were taken up on purpose, 
and consign'd to the honorable Walter Hamilton Esqr. 
Governour of the said Island in the year 1706. for the 
use of the Inhabitants that stood in most need thereof. 

1 £G7L 4 8 . 9*. 


The Third Sloop was in like manner consignd to the hon- 
orable Michael Lambert Esqr. the succeeding Governour 
of the said Island, in the year 1707. This is a True and 
just Account of that Affair. We are your Excellency's 
most humble and obedient Servants 

Samuel Sewall. 

Andrew Belcher. 

christian lodowicki to samuel sewall (?). 

Leipzick, the 24 t . h March, N. S. 1712. 

Dear Sir, — Yours of the 13^ July, 1708, I received 
since New-years day last past, and am obliged to you for 
the account sent me about those things I disired to know : 
But withall, was sorry to understand your Malady, so that 
you do not enjoy one whole day of perfect Health through- 
out the year ; Which by your description, I find to be 
the Hypochondriack Evil in a high degree, and made me 
search into the Counsels of eminent Physicians, Physi- 
cians to Emperours — but hant been able to find in any 
of 'em a specific against it. All agree tis hard to cure, 
being Oprobrium Medicorum. They generally blame an 
Acidity, and acido-viscid Humors. They prescribe gentle 
Laxatives, Carninatives, Opiats, Chalybeats, Spaw-Waters, 
Balsamicks ; and, When nothing will avail, Equitation. 
He that pleasd me best is a professor of Physick at a 
neighbouring university, who lately put forth a new 
Physiology and Pathology, wherein he treats at large of 
this Distemper. He takes notice that scarce ^V P ar ^ °^ 
Mankind are troubled with it; and those not at every 
time of their Life, but by intervals, and when occasiond. 
That they who make use of a simple Diet, and use Exer- 
cise of the body, and live free from perturbations of 
Mind ; live free also from this evil ; Witness the Natives 

1 See Dr. S. A. Green's Centennial Address before the Mass. Med. Soc, 
June 7, 1881, p. 62. Dr. Lodowick wrote a letter to Increase Mather about 
the Quakers, dated Feb. 1, 1691-2, and subsequently printed. — Eds. 


of Africa, and America. That it never befalls Children 
or Striplings; but it begins to afflict young men that 
incline to a Plethora, or plenitude of Blood ; especially 
when they iced high, and do not stir enough to discuss 
what may be Superfluous; but on the other hand live a 
Sedentary life, are thotfull, given to much Study, cares, 


That it goes away, or grows gentler, when the Emrods 
flow. Several have been cured by aplying Horse-leeches 
for Months together. Blood-letting, seasonably, and in 
due places used, mi ti gats it for a pretty while. Without 
such exonerations this Evil will never be tamed ; nor 
constantly, or to any purpose, mitigated ; but rather ex- 
asperated by other Remedies. Whereas upon the use of 
such like artificial ventilations of the Blood, other Reme- 
dies do more good : yea, that all those active commotions 
and endeavours of Nature about the vein called Vena- 
Portce, are properly undertaken for such like exonerations, 
sometimes through its branches that tend upward, by 
vomiting of Blood (have known an example in our house), 
Sometimes by the Emrods, through its branches that go 
down-ward ; and in Women by their Courses, and other 
ways, in Hysterick Fits, Vapours — which he counts 
generally to have their original in the Hypocondrium : 
and so with — Sydenham — counts them to be Hypo- 
condriack Affects — I wish'd he had spoken about the 
Therapeutick part of this Disease. At last I met with a 
Disputation of his about this Evil wherein he sais, That 
whereas the Symptoms thereof are exasperated when a 
costiveness of the Belly is present; this is best remedied 
by emollient, and mitigating Clysters. But he rejects 
Stimulating Purges; That the too great quantity of 
Blood, is by a more laborious motion and exercise of the 
body then changed into Serum. As for the spissitude 
and thickness of the Blood, (which no where appears 
more than in the Vena Portcv and its Ramifications in the 


intestines adjoining and affixed, which partly transmit, 
and partly receive Blood from that Vein. Whence in 
some such patients dissected, the Mesaraick veins have 
been found very bigg, turgid ; and swollen to the thick- 
ness of little guts ; especially the haemorrhoidal branches, 
by reason of the thick Blood there collected and stagnat- 
ing : especially when the most numerous branches of the 
Mesentery have been pressed together by a sedentary 
Life.) This is corrected by much Labour and exercise of 
the body; yet such as may be rather moderat, and oft 
repeated, than hasty and violent. That without a fore- 
going diminution of the abundance of Blood (viz. either 
imediatly by natural haemorrhages, and by Surgery ; or 
mediatly by its resolution into a Serosity) to go about to 
attenuat the thick Blood, tis impossible to do any good 
by it : yea tis rather dangerous. Hence Diaphoreticks, 
Alexipharmicks, distill'd Oyls, Salia Volatilia Oleosa, and 
such like hot sulphureous things occasion rather a great 
deal of Mischief. If diminishing and attenuating the 
Blood either go before, or accompany a continued mod- 
erat use of Chalybeats (or Martials) and Spa w- waters ; 
these may doe some good, in that they '11 bring the dis- 
tended Mesaraick and Splenick vessels, to their due 
Tone, and bigness again ; else they'll rather do harm. 
The same he says of the unseasonable and too large use 
of volatile Salts. In a radicated hypochondriack Evil, 
Evacuations of the Blood are to be used about the Equi- 
noxes, both for preservation and Curation, together with 
a frequent Motion of the body, and a good diatetick Reg- 
imen : which two latter will sometimes cure this Evil, 
when recent. Use withall, cutting Salines made of Nitre, 
arcanum duplicalum, and Tartarum tartarisatum. At length, 
may use Chalybeats (or Martials) ; Last of all, a very 
moderat use of Volatile Salts. In Costiveness and Con- 
vulsive and the like consectary Symptoms of the Hypo- 
condriack Evil, he comend Emollient Clysters that are 


made pretty fat by the Oyls of Sweet Almonds. As for 
the Symptoms that arise from the Emrods stopd or sup- 
pressd ; there is no true mitigation or extirpation of them, 
but by restoring those pristine Evacuations, or else by 
substituting others in their stead, using withall the afore- 
said subordinat method ; Blood-letting and Scarifications 
he advises to young people about the uper parts ; to per- 
sons in years, about the lower parts. He utterly rejects 
Opiats ; and shews at large the reason why. He comends 
for the violent pain of the Stone and Gout a powder made 
of Arcanum daplicatum and Sal Prunella?. What the best 
Remedy against Hypocondriack evil ? Equitation. Willis. 
Sydenham comends riding every day, which helps the 
Blood and Spirits ; the force whereof chiefly works on 
the lower belly (the chief Seat of this Distemper) A 
Bishop cured by it. Same Sydenham advises riding in a 
Coach or Wagon for a Consumption. 

My Translation of Ludovico Cornaro w r ill not be printed. 
Som other has translated it which you may get. But 
then you will not have my Apendix about drinking 
Water. Through God's Mercy I find my self so well 
throughout my whole body, and all its Secretions and 
excretions, by drinking of boil'd Water for my constant 
Drink, as I have not been when I was 20 years of Age ; 
and will not exchange it for the Drinking any other 
Liquor whatsoever. Nor do I see any reason that men 
have to drink any other daily Drink than what God 
and Nature have orderd and provided for all Animals: 
but because it pleases their Palats best, and gratifies their 
sensual Appetites. Twould be too tedious here to demon- 
strat the several ill Effects, Artificial drinks or fermented 
Liquors, and their distilled Spirits, are capable to produce 
and Occasion (especially if daily drunk) in the Blood, and 
other Juices and Humors of the body; particularly, in 
more tender Constitutions ■ If persons would be con- 
ten led with a mean, simple and inocent Diet, they might 


Cure, or at least ease themselves of most chronical Dis- 
tempers. — Try. — you wou'd find a great alteration for 
the better, in your whole mass of Blood ; particularly in 
your head and Brain, and in the genus Nervosum, which is 
from the head dispersed through the whole body — But 
the Water must not be Boil'd in a Coper, or Brass vessel; 
nor in a new Glaz'd Earthen Pitkin; for it contracts a 
noxious Quality from the 9 & h. — Get it Boil'd in a 
clean Iron pot, which will then serve in stead of a Chaly- 
beat. — When the water is cooling, may put in a crust of 
Bread, to give it a Taste. I have boild Bam in it, but 
found no benefit. — And now I content my self with the 
simple water. And in a Morning I find my Brain always 
clear and free, and my Throat without any ill Taste ; 
quite otherwise than it us'd to be when I drunk Beer. 

Your assured friend Christian Lodowick. 

Transcribe Febr. 20, 17£f £> S. S. 

Trustees Named by my L d Chancellour. 1 Joseph Dud- 
ley, William Taylor, Isaac Addington, Waitstill Winthrop, 
Saml. Sewall, Eliakim Hutchinson, Peter Sergeant, Penn 
Townsend, Edward Bromfield, John Higginson, Simeon 
Stoddard Esqrs. Increase Mather Dr. in Divinity, Cotton 
Mather Dr. in Divinity, John Leverett, president of Har- 
vard College, Jeremiah Dummer, John Burrill, Thomas 
Brattle Esqr. William Brattle Minister of Cambridge, 
Nehemiah Walter Minister of Roxbury, Daniel Oliver, 
Thomas Fitch Merchants at Boston. 


Boston of the Massachusets, March 2, 17-J-J. 

There is a Rumor, as if some design'd to have a Play 
acted in the Council-Chamber, next Monday ; which much 

1 The trustees whose names are given were appointed by Lord Chancellor 
Harcourt to administer Edward Hopkins's legacy to Harvard College. For 


surprises me : And as much as in me lyes, I do forbid it. 
The Romans were very fond of their Plays : but I never 
heard they were so far set upon them, as to turn their 
Senat-House into a Play-House. Our Town-House was 
built at great Cost and Charge, for the sake of very seri- 
ous and important Business ; the Three Chambers above, 
and the Exchange below ; Business of the Province, 
County, and Town. 1 Let it not be abused with Dances, 
or other Scenical divertisements. It canot be a Honor 
to the Queen, to have the Laws of Honesty and Sobriety 
broken in upon. Ovid himself offers invincible Argu- 
ments against publick Plays. 

TJt tamen hoc fat ear ; Ludi quoq\ii\e semina jwcehent Ne- 
quitice : 2 

Let not Christian Boston goe beyond Heathen Rome 
in the practice of shamefull Vanities. 

This is the Voice of your most humble and obedient 
Servant Samuel Sewall. 

To the hon ble Isaac Addington Esqr. Secretary. To be 
Comunicated to his Excellency the Governour, and to the 
honorable Council. 


To Mr. James Noyes of Stonington, March 9, 17||, in- 
closing 6. Proposals ; One for Mr. Moses Noyes. Sent also 
Dr. C. Mather's Dying daily. Portsmouth, Salem condi- 
tion. Newbury. Richardson and Ordway dead. Mr. 
Sergeant; Seth Perry, last of the foundation of the South- 

an account of the gift and a letter from the Trustees to the Lord Chancellor 
dated Jan. 25, 171-'), see Quincy's Hist, of Harvard University, Vol. I. 
(2ded.) 10S, 204, r,-_M. — Eds. 

1 As to the interior construction of Boston's Old State House or Town 
Hall Bee two papers entitled "Prytaneum Bosloniense " or "Notes on the 
History of the Old state House," etc. (1885 and 1886), by Dr. George H. 
Moore, in which the writer discusses with great acumen the exact arrange- 
ments of the various apartments. On the same subject conf. the remarks 
of William II. Whitmore in Old State House Memorial (1S85).— Eds. 

" Trist.. II. 279. — Eds. 


Church. Possibly, where the Antichristian Genesis ends ; 
God may emphatically cause his Analysis to be begun. 
Pray for the Salvation of the Tents of Judah pitch d in 
America. I rejoice in the blooming hopes of your Son 
Joseph. My Son is his Namesake ; Bundle them up to- 
gether in your Prayers ! He has liv'd in the Church's 
House from the 26 th Jan 1 :, In which Gov!" Winthrop, Mr. 
Norton, Mr. Willard, Mr. Pemberton did formerly dwell. 
GOD can make it Bethel still ! 

To Mr. Seth Shove at Danbury, July 14, 1714. Sent 
him his two Books, Mr. Cotton on Ecclesiastes, and Mr. 
Baxter's Warning to youth ; Elect-Sermon, Mr. Quick of 
the L. Super. Dr. I. Mr. and Dr. C. Mather on Mrs. Maria 
Mather who died April 4. last. News-Letter of July 5. 
Warning of the Church of Scotland, Comencemt Theses^ 
Extract of hereditary Right respecting Joseph ; Mr. Joseph 
Sewall's Letter and my own. Earnestly desiring your 
Prayers, that I may not be afraid of evil Tidings ; but 
may have my heart fixed Trusting in the Lord, I remain 

S. S. 

My wife, considering her Maladies, is in a great strait ; 
enquiring whether she had best be Let blood, or no : Is 
in the 57^ year of her Age. Assist her with your prayers. 
Ordway, Richardson, Abraham Adams, Matthew Pettingal 
dead at Newbury. Mr. G. Corwin is ordaind at Salem ; 
Mr. Toft junr. at Newbury above Artechoke. 

To Mr. Eliphalet Adams at New-London p Mr. Tim. 
Green Aug*. 10, 1714. Sent him my Greek Bible for 
a Token. Mention'd Isa. 21. 11. ^vXacro-cop irepl rfjs 


I see him [your father] yet, and the place where he 
stood. If it be said of Great Britain or Europe, Watch- 
man, What of the Night, It must be answered, a very 
dark Night seems to aproach, the Darkness whereof will 


be felt Miserable B — t! 1 his L — g mouth is stop'd 

by the Small Pocks. The Unanimity of the choice last 
Monday was Senight, makes me hope that the Settlement 
of Mr. Webb at the New North will be Comfortable. 2 
Sent Salutations to the Gov? and 's Lady ; to Mr. Win- 
throp. I receivd his Letter to great Satisfaction. 

To Mr, Agent Dumer. 

I am Favourd with yours of the 19 th of April. Am 
much oblig'd to you for the preventing Physick you ad- 
ministred in behalf of Mr. Brofield and me, respecting 
Mr. Netmaker ; which in this case is peculiarly the Best. 
All that I remember I said, was, I drink no Healths. 
Miserable B — t ! the' Small Pocks has stop'd his L — g 
mouth. He I soon be dlspatchd was fullfill'd in a superiour 
degree than you imagind. I heartily condole the Fate of 
Scotland. The Hypotyposis of the Latin Distich is very 
Elegant ; yet the English excells. Mr. Moodey of York 
has set forth a Treatise from Act 1-25. entituled, Judas 
the Traitor hung up in Chains, to give Warning to Pro- 
fessors, that they beware of Worldlymindedness, and 
Hypocrisie. Two or 3 Thousand of them are printed ; 
May send you one when I can conveniently. 

The Government of New Hampshire have, just upon 
the Peace, done that which is very gravaminous to this 
Province ; they have made an Act, whereby they demand 
and take of our Boats coming in our own River, from our 
own Province, for Boards Cut, and Loaded in our own 
Province 12? p Thousand (besides large Entry-Money 

1 Dudley Bradstreet, Jr. See Sewall's Diary, III. 13; also S. A. Green's 
Groton Hist. Series, No. X. 4. — Eds. 

- Rev. John Webb, the first minister of the New North Church, was 
ordained Oct. 20, 1714, and continued in office until his death, April 16, 
175U. — Eds. 


caught in the Net spread upon their Tabor). Thus, as 
soon as the Heathen are call'd off them, they ingratefully 
fall upon their peaceable and kind Neighbours. Sure, 
they would have their Thrasonical Address accounted ab- 
solutely true : By the Expence of their Blood and Treasure 
they have defended themselves against all Oposers. 1 I beseech 
you, if there be occasion, Free the Massachusets from 
this Eeproachfull Kobbery. If any Motion should be 
made to disturb the Narraganset Settlements, endeavour 
to stay it till the Proprietors may be notified : Stop it 
entirely, if you can. I have sold much of mine there, 
to promote the peopleing and Improvement of the Coun- 
try. Two or three good Houses are built upon Land 
purchased of me. Five Hundred Acres I have given 
towards the Suport of a School there ; and Five Hun- 
dred Acres to Harvard-College, by firm Deeds. 2 I have 
a considerable Interest left, which is the very Point of 
Point- Judith, containing about Twelve Hundred Acres. 
Capt. Hull my honoured Father-in-Law, built and set- 
tled Tenants in the Narraganset-Country long before 
I was related to him. He lost a good Tenant, (Crofts) 
House, Barn, Stock, in Philip's War. I have Spent Hun- 
dreds of Pounds in Settling upon Point-Judith. Fifteen 
pounds I paid Ninicraft for a Quit-Claim, though the Land 
had been purchased of others before, in Capt. Hull's time, 

1 The termination of the war between England and France, by the Treaty 
of Utrecht, April 11, 1713, was followed by Articles of Pacification between 
the governments of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and the Indian 
tribes of these provinces who had participated in the late hostilities. At 
a meeting of the Council and General Assembly of New Hampshire, held at 
Portsmouth, July 13, 1713, Governor Dudley, in his address, advised, among 
other things, an Address to Her Majesty "upon the notice of the peace." 
Three days later, on the 16th, in accordance with the Governor's suggestion, 
an Address to the Queen was read, in which occurs, mutatis mutandis, the 
sentence given in the text. Sewall's criticism is on the omission in the 
address, to state the co-operation of Massachusetts in these Indian wars. 
The documents above referred to may be found in the Provincial Papers of 
New Hampshire, Vol. III. 539-548. — Eds. 

2 See Vol. I. 25, note.— Eds. 

VOL. II. — 3 


who was one of the Pettaquamscot purchasers]. One 
Lease of the Term of Twenty years, I made to Capt. Na- 
thanael Niles, which is expired. I have now made a 
Lease to his Son Nathanael Niles, in whose Tenure and 
Occupation it is at this time; have receiv'd one Half- 
year's Rent. You will use your Prudence, Not to raise 
any Storm, or Clouds, but to allay them if they arise. 

Mrs. Hannah Angier of Watertown, the only surviving 
child of the excellent Mr. Urian Oakes, is to be inter'd at 
Cambridge to-morrow. She happen'd to dye in Boston ; 
but desired to be laid by her Father, Grandmother and 
Brothers, Mr. Urian, and Mr. Lawrence Oakes. 1 It grievs 
us exceedingly that men should eagerly strive to abolish 
the best Catechisme in the World ; w 7 hen in the mean 
time, Tobit and his Dog, and Bel and the Dragon are 
made to stand where they ought not. But forasmuch as 
these practices cannot be concealed from our Great Lord 
paramount, who is Omniscient, we ought not to be so- 
licitously Carefull. 

What pity it is, that Dean Nowell's Noble Catechisme 
that had obtain'd the Approbation of Three Centuries, 
should now be disallow'd for Company's sake ! 


Augt. 23, 1714. I bound up Six Judas-hung up and 
Two Proposals, in a Sheet of Paper, and superscrib'd them 
to the Reverend Mr. Jedediah Andros at Philadelphia. 
Mr. Thomas Lothrop carries them; To whom at the same 
time I deliverd Jacob Comfort he being addicted to Run- 
ning away. 

Augt. 31. To Sir William Ashhurst, inclosing Six Pro- 
posals ; Judas hung up — et vcniam pro laucle pcto — Mr. 

1 Mr. Edward Oak<\s her Grandfather died, and was buried at Concord 
by his Daughter Mrs. Mary Flint. 


Jekyl has paid 391 £ of 's own accord though not due 
till 7 r 21. 

To Mr. Agent D timer Copy of Aug* ITh To him and 
Mr. Newman each of them a Proposal, and cousin Moodey's 

Sept r 6. To Mr. Timothy Woodbridge of Hartford the 
substance of the Bill against the Growth of Schisme tran- 
scribe. Dr. Burnet's Sermon March 29, 1714. Two 
election Sermons, One Mr. Moodey's Dialogue. 



To Sir William Ashhurst. 

8 r . 4, 1714. 

Hon b - Sir, — I am Favour' d with your Hon? of the 
3* Aug* which came to my hand Sept r 21. We have a 
gratefull Kesentment of your Aprobation of the measures 
taken by your Comissioners here, in referring persons 
that ask an Account of them, To the Hon b i e Company at 
home, where all their Managements are from time to time 
laid. The awfull News of Queen Anne's Death surpris'd 
me at Mount-Hope, where I was keeping Court, on Fri- 
day, 7 r 17'? in the Afternoon. It put us to Grief to hear 
that our Liege Lady, from whose Supreme Authority we 
receiv'd our Breath and Speech, was Her self become 

Pallida Mors cequo pede palsat — Megamq\_ii\e turres. 1 Am 
very Thankfull for the Gazett and Courant sent me, giv- 
ing an Account of the peaceable Proclamation of King 
GEORGE, and the Necessary Provision made for the 
bringing His Majesty over ; and for exercising The Gov- 
ernment in the mean time. This has Reviv'd us ! It is 
Refreshing to think that the Noble Grandson should, be- 
sides his Hereditary Right, be Chosen by and Settled in 
a Better Kingdom than that of Bohemia. 

1 Horat. Od. I. iv. 13. — Eds. 


We long to hear of His Majestie's Arrival, and Coro- 
nation. I have inclosed two of our News-Letters report- 
ing the Proclamation here, which was performed with real 
Cheerfullness : And the gentle plentifull Showers, falling 
that Wednesday night, after a Fiery Scorching Drought, 
did make a Repetition and Multiplication of the Joys of 
the Day foregoing, and set off the Beauty and pleasure 
of our Illumination. This will give a Golden JEm to the 
publick Entrance of our New King. 

Imbres nocturni decorant regalia lucis ; 

Rex populum, tanquam gramina tonsa riget! 1 

May he feed his Subjects according to the integrity of his 
heart ; and guide them by the Skillfullness of his Hands. 
May GOD clothe his Enemies with Shame ; but upon 
Himself cause his Crown to Flourish. So prays your 
Honor's most humble and Obedient Servant S. S. 

Deer 7 f . h sent a copy, inclosing Mr. Mayhew's Journal 
of his 2 d visit to the Pequots. Mr. H. Almanack. 


To Mr. John Storke. Nov r 24, 1714. Send Money 
to Mr. Love. Gave an account of his Brother's Sailing 
Nov r 11 th . Inclosd the last News-Letter, and Mr. Holy- 
oke's Almanack. The last Ten Lines are mine. Asking 
pardon that I put you to so much charge of Postage I 
conclude — S. S. 


To Mr. John Storie. 

Dec r . 10, 1714. 

Sir, — Lest my former should have miscarried, I write 

to you again. Having orderd Mr. Storke to send you 

what Money of mine he has in his hand, I desire you to 

lay it out in the following Particulars; 

1 See Sewall's Diary, III. 22; post, page 39. — Eds. 

2 Love (V). See j>ost } page 44. — Eds. 


A good strong black Silk Damask, or Lutestring Flow- 
erd (no Silk Grass to be in it :) To make two Jackets, and 
two pair of Breeches. 

Good black Paddisway, enough to make Two Womens 

Ked and White Flowerd silk enough to make a Womans 

Two pair of good black Silk Mens Stockings. 

Send what Mr. Henry has written upon the New Tes- 
tament ; and Clark's Bible with Notes. 

If any Money remain, send it in good Cambricks, Some 
three Quarters, and some three Quarters and half wide, 
of a middleing Fineness. 

Put all in a Seal-Skin Trunk of a suitable bigness. 
Congratulating the peacable Proclamation, and safe 
Arrival of King George, I remain 

Sir, your friend and Servant S. S. 


To Dr. Edmund Calamy, with the Copy of ichat I writ to him 

Jan r . 24, 170f. 

Decemb' 16, 1714. 

Reverend Sir, — As I remember, I sent the foregoing 
p Mr. Benjamin Edmunds. I am very glad to see the 
2? Edition of the ejected Ministery, with such plentifull 
and profitable enlargements. That one of Mr. Hughs of 
Plimouth was very delightfull. 

Being encouraged by what you say in the last Para- 
graph of the first preface, and in the 30^ page of the 
preface to the 2 d volum, I humbly offer that Sir Henry 
Vane was far from Stealing away by night. His year of 
Government ended upon the next election, which w r as 
made May 17. 1637. Many in Boston did so zealously 
affect him, that they deferd chusing their Deputies till 
the day after, and then chose him for one. The Govern- 
ment being displeas'd at it, found some flaw in the Town- 


Meeting, and orderd the Inhabitants to be duly warnd to 
choos Deputis. In this 2 a Meeting they chose Sir Henry 
Vane again, and he was then admitted by the Court. 1 
He left not Boston till August following : He went aboard 
in the open day; was Saluted by the Trained Souldiers 
under Anns ; and by great Guns from the Castle, by the 
Governour's order. Many accompanied him to the Boat, 
and some to the Ship riding at Long-Island head. 2 

Second volum p. 339. Mr. Thomas Warren of Hough- 
ton, preachd afterwards to a Dissenting Congregation at 
Kumsey, and there ended the Course of his Ministry and 

Mr. John Goldwire jun r succeeded Mr. Warren in preach- 
ing to that Dissenting Congregation at Rumsey, and there 
died. N. Rumsey is not in the County of Sussex; but 
in Hampshire. His Father and he taught School one 
while at Broadlands 3 near Rumsey. And afterwards they 
taught School at Baddesly at Mr. Dunch's Seat, where I 
found them in the year 1689. And after this the Son 
preached at Rumsey. Thus the end of these Worthy 
upright Men was Peace. I am, Sir, your most humble 
Servant * S. S. 

1 N*. B. The 18 th of the 3* Moneth May, 1637 At a general Meeting 
upon publick notice Mr. Henry Vane, Mr. William Coddington, and Mr. 
Atherton Haugh were chosen for the Service of this General Court, as 
Deputies, or Coniittees. 

N. B. The 19* of the same Month At a general Meeting upon privat 
and particular warning from House to House, and by reason of the Court's 
refusal of the former Choice, Mr. Henry Vane Esqr. Mr. William Codding- 
ton, and Mr. Atherton Haugh are now again chosen Deputies or Coniittees 
for the Service of this present General Court; and that upon Warrant to us 
from the Governour, for a New Choice. 

This is a true Copy taken out of the Records of the Town of Boston <g 

S. S. 

2 See Winthrop's Journal, I. 235, and Palfrey's Hist. N. E., I. 481, 
tt fteq. — Ens. 

8 \V»11 known in recent years as the seat of Lord Palmerston, the cele- 
brated Prime Minister. — Bt>S. 



To Jer. Dumer Esqr. Dec? 18, 1714. In which inclosd 
Dr. Calamy's, entreating him to speak to the Dr. ? giving 
him Gov r Winthrop's Notes of the Election 1637. 1 — Must 
now be new Comissions, do the best you can for us ac- 
cording to the Rules of God's Word, Emergencies are to 
us unknown. Inclosd an Almanack of Mr. Holyoke. You 
will pass a favourable Censure on the last 10. Lines my 
Small Essay to comemorat the Proclamation. 2 

To Mr. Henry Newman with Thanks for his Letter and 
Prints. Miscarriage of my large Letter to him <p Capt. 
Keeling may excuse a tanto, as to the tardiness of my 
Thank-Offering. Inclosd Selling of Joseph, Athenian 
Oracle, desire him to do so m thing if it fall in his way, 
towards taking away this wicked practice of Slavery. 
Will be no great progress in Gospellizing till then. Have 
not shewd you any kindness answerable to your Acknowl- 
edgm*. My Service to Madam Cotton. 

To Mr. James Noyes January 4 fc . h , 17{|, inclosing one 
of Mr. Holyoke's Almanacks. 

1 From this reference it may be inferred that Sewall was acquainted with 
the original MS. of Winthrop's Journal. — Eds. 

2 The following are the lines written by Sewall, taken from a copy of the 
Almanack (1715) preserved in the Massachusetts Historical Society Li- 
brary : — 

" N. King GEORGE was Proclaimed at Boston in New-England, upon Wednes- 
day, September, 22. 1714. with great Joy; which was ver}' much increased, and our 
Illuminations inlightened, by the Plentiful, Refreshing Rain with which GOD was 
Pleas'd to Bless the Night following, after a long, distressing Drought. 
Imbres nocturni decorant regalia lucis: 
Rex populum, tanquam gramina tonsa, riget ! 
Night's Showers crown the Pomp of Night & Day: 
King GEORGE, as Rain on Mown grass, Come away ! " 

On the fly-leaves of this little Almanack are notes — after the custom of 
the day — written by the Rev. William Cooper, minister of Brattle Street 
Church. — Eds. 


To Bror. Gerrish, January 10 fc . h , 17{f , inclosing a Sattin 
Cap, not remembring any Compact relating thereto. 

To Mr. Seth Shove at Danbury Coliecticut, January 10, 
17 J 5, inclosing Mr. Wadsworth's Catechisme, Mr. Holy- 
oke's Almanack. B. Larn ell's Death July 22. Haiiah's 
fall Aug 1 5, and Kecovery. Win. Hirst's Birth the same 
day ; Town-Fast. Brother Moodey's Marriage. 


To the Rever d . Mr. Nathan 1 . Stone of Harwich. 

February 25, M\\. 

Reverend Sir, — I receiv'd your welcome Letter the 
24 th of Septembr and ask your pardon, that I am thus 
tardy in my Answer. If you will accept the old Example 
for my Apology, I will assure you tis true ; Malta me im- 
pedicrunt. I acknowledge the Honour you have done me 
in giving my little dissertation a 2 d Reading. I hope 
there is Truth in it ; and then it will be strong and pre- 
vail, though the hand that holds it be weak. As to your 
Five Inquiries, It is certainly very just to affirm of them, 
carmina scccssum scribentis, et Otia qucerant. 1 I can doe but 
one thing at once ; my avocations and diversions are great 
and many ; that sometimes I forget that I have your 
Letter in the House, and Scarce know where to find it. 
However the Inquiry after truth is so Obliging to me, 
that I resolve not to stand mute. 

Qu. 1. How came the Humane Nature of Christ free 
from the guilt of Adams first Sin? 

In this whole Affair, very much Deference must be 
paid to Divine Soveraignty. Your Question putt me in 
mind of Job, 14. 4. God by Unquestionable Authority, 
Omnipotency, made one Exception to the General Rules, 
Bro't Holy Jesus from, and out of polluted Mary. The 
Holy Ghost who made this Coagulation, prevented the 



Contagion; Intus Exidens prohibet alienum. What can be 
added to the Reason given Math: 1. 20. and Luke 1.24. 
This singular piece of Manufacture curiously wrought in 
the Virgins Womb ; the chief excellency of it lay in Ho- 
liness. We commonly sully the things we handle : the 
Holy Spirit in working, cleanses this Matter wrought. 
Adam was primarily and principally covenanted with ; 
possibly, many days before the Building of Eve. Twas 
convenient that Adam should be sensible of his want, and 
be made to wait God's Leisure for the bestowment of so 
rare a Blessing. Now as Adam was chiefly covenanted 
with, so he was chief in Sinning : and chief, as in the 
Propagation of Mankind, so in the propagation of Sin. 
Some looke upon Mothers as Nurses from the very Con- 
ception. I am apt to think that the Ordinance of Cir- 
cumcision did foreshow that the impettuous Stream of 
corruption should have a stop putt to it, it should be cut 
off with respect to Christ. Accordingly when Christ was 
born, and the Holiness of his Birth acknowledged, Cir- 
cumcision was abolished. 

Abraham, who was eminently Christ's father, was Cir- 
cumcised before he was so. Act. 7. 8. And so he begatt 
Isaac. How should this stain the Pride of all Adams 

Qu. 2. Why doe not the godly convey Grace ? 

If Parents did duly consider, JEtemitate pingimus, twould 
add great Solemnity to the Marriage Covenant, and cause 
them to Pray without ceasing that their offspring might 
be made the Blessed of the Lord. Adam by his Rebel- 
lion, made an entire Forfeiture. Never any man was 
begotten in Innocency. What is Restored, is of Sover- 
eign Grace. And this grand article of Begetting Children 
in the Image of God,, is not in the Charter of the New 
Covenant. John 1. 13. Not of Blood — but of God. 
God keeps this altogether in his own immediat Gift. I 
have heard a man Godly Learned say, There is much Sin, 


and but little Grace in the best of men : Partus seqmtur I 
partem deteriorem. Twould be confusion to have a Child | 
born part Saint, part Sinner. 

Quest. 3. Why is not the Humane Nature of Christ a 
Person? The Doctrine of the Trinity is so profound a ! 
Mystery, that it ought to be spoken of very sparingly, 
very modestly. And for ought I know, the less we de- 
part from the very Letter of the Scripture, the better. 
The Personality of the Humane Nature is drown'd in I 
that of the Divine, as the prevailing Light of the Sun | 
cause th that of the Stars to disappear. The Second Per- i 
son anticipate the Personality of the Humane Nature. I 
Tis as if a Woman were married so soon as she had a j 
being ; She would then never have, never want any j 
Maiden Name. 

4. Children are Blessings : but are they so, as de- 
praved ? 

I cannot see how Parents can be happy in their Pa- 
rentage of Children as depraved. But they may be 
happy in having Children although those Children per- 
severe in their Depravation. Because they therein sub- 
serve the Good Providence of God. And many times 
Godly men, by this means, spring from them in after 
generations. A good man is happy, if but in the Tenth 
Generation, any of his descendants become the Children 
of God. Isaac was certainly Blessed in being the father 
of Esau; if Job was descended from him, as some have 
Conjectured. The first Adam is, and always will be 
Blessed, because he is the Father of the Last ADAM, 
and of all His. Ruth was Lot's daughter. And whoever 
be the Adam that is the father of the Americans, He is 
happy, because some of them are Heirs of God, and Joint 
Heirs with CHRIST. And in the Times of the New 
Jerusalem, 1 hope the Converts of these aboriginal Na- 
tives will become numerous like the drops of Dew. Pray 
that it may be, and that it may be hastened. In reading 


the 16^ of Genesis, I have been often stumbling at the 
Angels Comforting Hagar; and know not how to get 
over it but in this manner. 

5. Is paying Tithes to the Ministry abolished ? 

For the decision of this Controversy, you will allow it 
to be homogeneous for me to leave you to Dr. Increase 
Mather's Treatise on that Subject. 1 It would now be dif- 
ficult to know, to whom the Tithes ought to be paid. 
The Levites were, it may be, a fifteenth part of the He- 
brew Nation and had no allotment with their Brethren, 
on this Account. A Gospel Minister is one of Five Hun- 
dred ; or one of a Thousand. Your Argument taken 
from Melchized[e]ch, sets open the Gates for the Civil 
Order to come in for a share. The Levitical High Priest 
was a great Magistrate. You remember how after Hunt- 
ing in Partner-ship, the Lion Koar'd the rest out of their 

But upon the Supposal the Tithes ought to be distribu- 
ted among the Ministers of the Gospel only ; yett that 
will not entirely clear the Difficulty. For suppose Dor- 
chester Tithes amount too[to] Five hundred pounds <p an- 
num : It may be questioned what part of them belong to 
Mr. Marr of Wrentham, to whoes Congre[g]ation some 
of the Inhabitants of Dorchester Colony [belong] ? And 
whether Mr. Thatcher of Milton may not expect a part ? 
and whether Mr. Whitman of Hull may not think of his 
shareing in Hingham Tithes ? I am fully of the mind, 
that to gather vast sums of Tithes, and convert them to 
private uses ; is prodigious Sacrilege. The horrible Cryes 
of Starved men and women, and Children, for want of the 
Bread of Life, will go up against those Devourers of Holy 
Things. How horrible is it to think that men are forced 
to pay Tithes ; and scarce a few Mites of them are re- 
served for the Maintenance of able Ministers in the places 
from whence they are gathered. 

1 See Vol. I. 341, note.— Eds. 


I must now ask your pardon for delaying so long to 
answer ; and for the length of my Answer at last. Please 
to accept of the inclosed Sermon. My Service to Madam 
Stone. Mrs. Reliance Mayhew is well at our house ; she 
presents her Duty to you both ; and Love to her Cousins. 
Sir, your Humble Servant 

Samuel Sewall. 

Boston, Febr. 25 l . h , 17}|. 


Coppy of a Letter and account of Mr. John Storke Relating to my 
Tenement at Lee in the Parrish of Rumsey in Hampshire in 
the Kingdom of Great Britain. 

Rumsey, Feb? 8 { . h , 1714. 

Mr. Samuel Sewall. 

Sir, — I am favoured with yours of the 2 i th Septemb* 
and 24^ November with a New England Almanack and 
Newes Letter. I having observed the Contents, this is 
chiefly to send you your Account made up for 15 Years 
Rent Received of your Land at Lee, Wherein is Due to 
You To Ballance £46-14-5, Since which I have paid to 
Mr. John Love £37-19-2. There is about 8 pounds 
more Receiv'd in my Hands and in a month or Six weeks 
I hope to receive half a years Rent more which shall be 
paid to Mr. John Love according to your Order, when 
ever he pleases to call for it. If you find any Error in 
my Account pray advise. I have sent it you according 
as find it Charg'd in my Books which I hope is right. 
Hitherto I have Indeavoured to Satisfy your Tenant 
without Laying out any of your Rent. But the House- 
ing will want Considerable, being very much decayed if 
it should be medled of to take away part down to Repair 
il. Which I am not willing to doe whilst it can be kept 
up. I find by yours that my Brother Samuel Left New 
England the 11 th of Novembf; Since which I have heard 
nothing from him. I praise God he escaped the Storm 
that you mentioned. 1 hope in a Little time I shall hear 



of his Safe Return. I praise God my Wife has one 
Daughter Born the first of September. My Brother 
Thomas has two Daughters. My Sister Marcy [Wheat] 
one Daughter and one Son. My Sister Ann one Daugh- 
ter and one Son. My Sister Mary one Daughter. All 
Living and I praise God in Good health. My Brother 
Thomas and his Wife and my Grand Mother Madam 
Dummer Gives their kind Love to you and all your good 
Family. My Spowes Give her Servise likewise to you 
all ; which be pleased to accept from your Loving Kins- 
man and Most humble Servant John Storke. 
Received May 2, 1715. 

1- 6 

Mr. Samuel Sewall Account of his Rent In Rumsey 


Paid one Years Land Tax £ ■ 

till Lady day last 2- 

( Paid the Moly tho 0- 

< Paid to Mr. John Love 
( by your Order 17- 0- 

Paid one years Tax till Lady 

Day last past 1-11- 4 

Paid to Mr. John Love 17-0-0 

Paid one years Tax till Lady 

day Last past — 2- 3-11 

Paid one years Tax till Lady 

day Last 
Paid to Mr. John Love 
Paid one years Tax till Lady 

day Last 
Paid the half for Drawing 

the Leeses 
l 8fc of August, 1705. Paid to Mr. John Love 
29 th Dec br . Paid my Bror. Thorn 8 

Storkes wife 1- 0- 

4th June, 1700. 

1 Nov 1 *. 

28 th June, 1701. 

20 th May, 1702. 
20 th . 

19 th June, 1703. 

29 th June, 1704. 
8 th January. 

10 th March. 

30- 0- 


20- 0- 


1 st August. Paid one years Tax till Lady 

day Last 2-16- 6 

1706, 20 th August. Paid one Years Tax till Lady 

day Last 2-16- 6 

12 March. Paid to Mr. John Love 40- 0- 

1707, 10 th Octobr. Paid to one Years Tax till 

Lady Last 2-17- 4 

20 th 1708, Octobr. Paid one years Tax till Lady 

Day last 2-16- 8 

3 d of January. <p your Order Paid to Mr. 

Goldwier 1- 0- 

4 th . Paid to Mr. John Love and 

Metcalf 40-0-0 

1709, 20 th Octobr. Paid one Years Tax till Lady 

day last 2-17- 7 

1710, 10 th Octobr. Paid One Years Tax till 

Lady day last 2-18- 4 

1711, 20 th October. Paid One Years Tax till 

Lady day last 2-16-10 

1712, 26 th Octob r Paid One Years Tax till 

Lady day last 2-16-10 

20 th March. Paid to Mr. John Love and 

Metcalf 38-12-11 

1713, 24 th Octob r . Paid one Years Tax till 

Lady day 2-16-10 

1714, 20* August. Paid one Years Tax till 

Lady day Last 1- 8- 6 

To Post Letters to this Day 0-10-10 
To my Commissions Re- 
ceiving and Paying at 2 

and i <p cent 7-10- 

Due to Mr. Sam! Sewall 
to Ballance this Ac- v 
count which I carry f £253-05-7 
to his New account J 46-14-5 

£300- 0-0 

letter-book of samuel sewall. 47 


1699, June 6^. Then settled your last account with Mr. 

James Tayler. 
1714, August 20 th . Then Reed. 15 Years Rent^ 

of your Land which I „„„„ „ „ 

r> + k o^th f > £300-0-0 
was Due the 25 th of 

March Last J 

Errors Excepted <p Me 

John Storke. 
Reed May 1, 1715, p the Amity, Capt. Moses Thomas. 

Gov 1 : Dudley. 

Mat it please your Excellency, — I have received 
several Sums for making Bills of Credit ; 1 the last very 
lately. I pray your Excellency to accept of the inclosed 
as a small Token of my Thankfullness in that I have 
profited under your Government. And this gives me the 
Opportunity of Thankfully Acknowledging your good 
Services done this Province which are not a few ; and the 
Favours done my self in particular. I am your Excel- 
lency's most humble and obedient Servant 

Samuel Sewall. 

Boston; July 14. 1715. 

memoranda of letters. 

To the Reverend Mr. Nathan! Clap. Septf 24, 26, 
1715. inclosd Dr. Mather's Comemorations, and a Cata- 

1 Sewall, as one of the Committee for signing the paper money issued by 
the Province, as Bills of Credit, received a certain compensation for that 
service. When Dudley was no longer in power, Sewall might, without in- 
delicacy, express by a " small token " his gratitude for favors received from 
the Governor. Notwithstanding their relations by the marriage of their 
children, there is no reason to doubt the sincerity of Sew all's acknowledg- 
ment of Dudley's services to the Province, the value of which were far greater 
than has generally been acknowledged. —Eds. 


logue with my Distich. Shew'd my reason for leaving 
out the Suposition of Luke's Gospel being dictated to him 
])\- Paul Transcribe out of Aretius(?); but principally out 
of Calvin Idem et do Liica judicium fatio 

(Meer Conjectures lessen the Authority of the Scrip- 
tures, and betray us to uncertainty and Unbelief.) But 
above all from the prologue to the Gospel, — having 
had perfect understanding of all things from the very 
first — Paul was call'd a young man at the time of 
Stephen's Martyrdom. Act. 1. 1. The former Treatise 

have I made Theophilus What Arrogancy would it 

have been for Luke to say he made the Gospel if another 
had dictated it to him ! We do not sav that Dr. Mather's 
daughter made the Sermons she transcrib'd or that exem- 
plary Col. Samuel Checkly makes the Sermons he pens 

down from the mouths of the Preachers. Thank'd 

him for the honor he did my Son Mr. Joseph Sewall, and 
his Son Samuel in his Letter and Present. Desired his 
prayers. Excellent Mr. Bridge is just expiring, with him 
we shall be deprivd of much primitive Christianity ; May 
God help us — duly to lay it to heart. S. S. 

Septf 26. 10-M. 

To Mr. Seth Shove of Danbury, p Mr. Anthony Stod- 
dard of Woodbury, 8 r 3, 1715. With a Comemorations, 
News-Letter, Reports Comittee [Servely], and a new Cata- 
logue. Writt of Mr. Bridges Death, Of my daughter 
Ha uali's wounded Knees. Danbury is Fourteen miles 
from Woodbury. 


London, June 29, 1715. 

Gentlemen, — The K. has done me the Honor to make 
me his Governour of the Provinces of the Massachusetts 
Bay, and N-Hampshire in N. England, and I think I canot 
find a fitter opportunity than this to acquaint you with 


His Maj's Goodness to me. His royal Favour indeed is 
the greater, because He has been pleased to place me over 
a people so well known here for their Affections to the 
present Government, and their great Services to the last. 
I have read your Charter and seen the Privileges the 
Crown has been pleasd to grant you : and I give you my 
Word, as long as I have the Hapiness to be among you, 
which I hope will be as long as I live, I never will do any- 
thing to weaken one, or lessen the other. I propose to 
leave this place the latter end of the next Moneth, and 
hope to be with you before the end of September. While 
I continue here, I will do all I can for your Service ; and 
when I have the Honor to see you at Boston, I will give 
you all the Assurances you your selves can desire, that I 
have nothing so much at heart, as the Good of the people, 
and the Glory of GOD. 

Mr. Woodward, who gives you this, is apointed your 
Secretary: I take the Liberty to recommend him most 
earnestly to you, because I know he is a very honest 
Gentleman, and very capable of doing you Service ; and 
will do all he can to deserve your Friendship, and have 
your Favour. 

I am, Gentlemen with great Truth and Affection, your 
most obedient and most humble Serv! 

Eltzeus Burges. 

elizeus burgess to his majesty's councillors. 

London, September the 6*, 1715. 

Gentlemen, — I had the Honor to write to you by Mr. 
Secretary Woodward, and told you then that I had hopes 
of seeing you at Boston before the end of this Moneth ; but 
since my Affairs in this Country are like to keep me here 
most part of the Winter, and I am not to be so happy so 
soon as I expected, 1 It is fit I should let you know it ; 

1 " To Burgess, the Government of Massachusetts was nothing but a job; 
and for the consideration of a thousand pounds furnished by Dummer and 
VOL. II. — 4 


and bog you will send me your Commands, that I may | 
not be altogether useless to you, though I'm from you; 
but may do you all the Service I can here, as an Earnest 
of what I intend to do when I have the honor to be among 
you. I have sent you over an Exemplification of my 
Commission, 1 by which you will see that Col. Dudley's 
Commission is vacated, and that the Government does 
necessarily devolve upon Colonel Tailer during my ab- : 
sence. Thus I understand it ; but leave it to }^our greater ' 
Wisdom to determin that matter, as you shall see fitting, j 
and think most for His Majesties Honor, and the Interest | 
of your Country. I do again beg that you will upon all 
occasions, as long as I stay here, send me your Commands, 
and make use of me for your Service : for I am with 
great Truth and Affection Gentlemen 

Your most obedient and most humble Servant 

E. Burges. 
The hon ble Council of the Massachusets Bay. 

True copies taken from the Originals, 9 r 25, 1715. 

S. S. 


Dec? 5, 1715, writ a second Letter to Mr. David Hitch- 
cock of Enfield to advise him of the death of his Sister 
Mrs. Mary Mighill : She died Novf 5, and was buried 

Belcher, he agreed to decline the promotion." Palfrey's Hist. N. E., 
IV. 380. — Eds. 

1 " The bank party were impatient for the removal of Dudley, who did 
not favor thorn, and whose second son, William Dudley, who began to have 
great weight in the House of Representatives, was a violent opposer. An 
unusual step was taken, that the Governor's Commission might be su- 
perseded. An exemplification of Burgess's commission was obtained, and 
that, with the new commission or warrant to the Lieutenant-Governor Tailer, 
were published in Boston, at the same time, the 9th of November; and 
thereupon Tailer took upon him the administration. It was questioned 
whether this was regular, the commissions lay three or four weeks for the 
Council to consider of; but at length they advised to the publication. I know 
of no other instance of the publication of a governor's commission in the 
Massachusetts before his arrival in person." Hutchinson, II. 212. — Eds. 


Novf 8 — the day Capt. Parnell arrived ; when I was at 
Salem keeping Court. 

To the Reverend Mr. Samuel Andrew of Milford advis- 
ing of the death of the Reverend Mr. Joseph Green of 
Salem village. He died Saturday, Nov r 26, was buried 
Nov r 30, 40 years old, much Lamented. Preached there 
18. years. Euphrates. Marriage of Cousin Germans ; 
Send me your opinion whether it be seasonable to pub- 
lish any Arguments to prevent the frequency of such 
Alliances. Send what may come to your hand of that 
kind. Pray. Post paid. 


To William Hirst Esqr. 

January 20, 1715. 16. 

Brother Hirst, — I gladly repeat my Salutation of 
this day Sennight. I wish you, and my Sister Hirst, and 
my Cousin your Daughter, much Joy of the intended 
Match between Capt. Price and her. As we profess, so 
we experience, that man purposes, but GOD Disposes all 
Things ; To Him let us intensely look, untill He be Gra- 
cious to us in Conferring his Blessings on us. 

As to my Cousins Portion : Seeing the person making 
Sute to her, is very worthy, of a good Family ; And has 
a good estate ; both Real, in Fee Simple ; and Personal ; 
and no greater number of Children than what I hope may 
be doubled by this Marriage : I should think it convenient 
to give the Portion as freely as the Daughter, without 
Reserve. Leave it to GOD ! This is likely to be most 
honourable, most Profitable. You will pardon this Free- 
dom used upon your Invitation, as our Son informs me. 

Praying that GOD may render the Match Comfortable 
in their advanced years; and especially to the parties 
themselves; both as to the Things of this Life, and of 


that which is to come : and earnestly desiring your 
Prayers for me and mine ; I take Leave, who am, Sir 
your loving Brother and Serv fc S. S. 


To Mr. Edward Taylor, March 20, 17{f, inclosing Mr. 
Blowers Sermon on Mr. Green, Travis's Almanack, Arch- 
bishop &c. Declaration, printed here March 19. Judge of 
Probat. Desire Prayers for E. Hirst, Eldest Son, 2 d Son 
— Quakers Dispute at Newbury; Mr. Tapan's eldest Son 
dead. Mr. Thacher's daughter Niles dead. Wive's Re- 
covery and Hanah's. Prayers for me in my New Office ; 
viz. the Probat. 


To Mr. John Love. 

March 20, 17i|. 

Sir, — Sometime since, the Rev'd. Mr. Stephen Micks 
of Weathersfield in Connecticut sent me one and Twenty 
Shillings and two pence in Bills of Credit, which he had 
receivd for Books sold belonging to the late Rev'd. Mr. 
Rich' d Stretton of London. At the same time he ask'd my 
Advice what he should do with a few still remaining with 
him. I advis'd him to sell the remainder at Hartford at 
Some Election. But before my Letter came to his hand, 
lie had put them up in a little Box, and consigned them 
to me at Boston. I give Credit for them Forty Shillings, 
which is much more than I could sell them for to any 
Bookseller. I had the happiness when in London to have 
acquaintance with Mr. Stretton : Have been his Auditor 
on the Lords Day ; and have sat with him, and had the 
Benefitt of his Advice at an Auction. If his Son or other 
Eeir of his accept of Forty shillings Sterling, for what is 
thus fallen into my hands, deliver it, and take a receipt. 
If this ])e decline!, the mentioned Sums in Bills of Credit 
wait an Order here. 


I purpose by this Conveyance to Order Mr. Storke to 
remitt what Money of mine he has in his hand, to you. 
I have the Statutes at large to the Two and Thirtieth 
year of Charles the Second. The Title of the Second and 
last Chapter is, An Act prohibiting the Importation of 
Cattel from Ireland. I desire you to send me the Statutes 
at Large from that time all along. If that cannot be con- 
veniently done, send them all at Large from the begining 
of Magna Charta, to the time of your Buying. 

Send me Dr. Owen upon the Hebrews, all the 4 Books. 
For my Wife, A piece of good black Paddisway. Three 
Womens Muffs. If any Money be left Lay it out in good 
Shirting Holland and send by the first good Ship. 

To Joseph Thomson Esq% at Hackney. 

March 23, 17j|. 

Sir, • — I am Favour'd with yours of the 23? of July last : 
But there has been no Opportunity hitherto, to move any 
thing in the momentous Affair written of. And therefore 
I let no body know that I have such a Letter. When a 
Sutable Occasion offers, I hope I shall Remember what 
you kindly Suggest, and do what I can therein. In the 
mean time I reckond it my Duty to make this Acknowl- 
edgment of your obliging Information ; that you might 
not be left in suspense whether I had receiv'd it or no. 
Praying your good Offices for this Province, especially in 
preventing the Removal of our Land-Mark, I mean our 
Charter ; I take Leave, who am, Sir, your most humble 
Servant S. S. 


To Mr. William Fellows of Portsmouth July 2, 1716, 
answering his of May, 25. concerning 666. Inclosed Dr. 
Cotton Mather's death of the French King, Stone cut out 


of the Mountain, and my proposals; In the Proposals, 
and Phaenomena Printed 1697, you may see that little I 
have to say in these Mysteries. As for 1716, it is the 
year that excellent Mead pitched upon above four score 
years agoe, as appears by his setting up the Ten Kings 
Ano ijoo|1716. But being arriv'd at it, I can't receive 
the consolation that some doe. For I take it to be certain, 
that the Witnesses are not yet slain, as to the Emphati- 
cal Slaughter intended in the Eleventh of the Revelation. 
When they are slain, they must ly dead three years and 
a half, before their Resurrection can be hoped for. And 
with their Resurrection, and not before, must the Glorious 
Things spoken of the City of God, Comence. May God 
revive the power of Godliness amongst us, that we may 
be accounted Faithfull, and put into the number of 
CHRIST'S Witnesses! &c. 


Boston; July 14, 1716. 

Daughter Sewall, — Your Sister Hirst was born De- 
cemb r 29, 1681, Died last Tuesday night, and was inter'd 
yesterday. I have sent you inclosed, in Bills of Credit, 
Ten pounds; to buy some Mourning; which 1 ask your 
Acceptance of. With my Love to you and my little 
Grand -daughter, I conclude, who am your loving but 
sorrowfull-Father Samuel Sewall. 


To Mr. Jonathan Belchar. 

July 28, 1716. 

Sir, — When I heard the Relation of your early and 
prosperous voyages to the Court of Hanover, I look'd on 
it ;i^ a presage of God's designing to make use of you to 
some very considerable Purposes: which I now see most 
happily accomplished. For on the 16 th current I had the 


Honor and pleasure of receiving yours of the 12 1 ! 1 of May 
last, and of reading and crediting the great Things GOD 
had done for us. Such is the observable Learning, con- 
stant Orthodoxy, and Piety of the Reverend Mr. Caryl, 
that I have sometimes wishd for an enlargement of his 
Character. It is indeed great and good as it stands al- 
ready in Dr. Calamy's Excellent History ; there is Multum 
in parvo. But now you have surpris'd me with very large 
and rare additions to the Name and Honor of our beloved 
Joseph. And my own Interest in these Additions com- 
pleats the Delight I can't chuse but take in them. That 
our Gov? should be descended from Mr. Caryl ; have his 
initial Education from Mr. Morton ; I hope, are Omens for 
Good, that will not fail. But it seems his Excellency has 
learn'd to say concerning his Parentage on one side and 

Vix ea nostra voco 1 

Col. Shute's own personal Qualifications commend him 
to the Embraces of all that are of his acquaintance. Pray 
Sir, go on, and perfect this good work, by soliciting his 
Excellency to make haste in coming over to Help us. 
The many intimations of a former Governour's coming 
hither, that never came, ought to be an argument to 
you to make all Expedition in forwarding his Excellency ; 
lest a Conceipt should hapen that He will no more really 
come than the other. His Excellency's Arrival here will 
give a very desireable Settlement and Strength to our 
Government. I hope the House provided for the Gov- 
ernour will be pleasing ; and the Reception that the 
people will give Him, will be Kind and agreeable ; that 
so his Excellency's Stay here may be Satisfactory and 
long. The General Court is to meet next Wednesday. 
But some of our best Friends are of opinion, that will not 
be a convenient Season to transact the Reimbursment of 
the Money advanced, and the payment of Mr. Agent 
Dummer's Arrears. The October Sessions seems more 

1 Ovid, Met. xiii. 141. — Eds. 


when the Representatives will be more at 
Leisure than in this time of Harvest. Mean while I very 
Thankfully Acknowledge the incessant effectual endeav- 
ours of you both in a concern of such vast importance ; 
and heartily congratulat you upon the good Success with ! 
which God has been graciously pleasd to Crown your In- ! 
dustry. And when a fitting Opportunity presents, I shall 
in my place endeavour The Answering your Reason- ; 
able Proposals. They to whom I have shewd your Letter, I 
are much refresh'd with the Good Tidings it brings. It I 
put new Life into aged Col. Thomas, when I read it to ! 
him yesterday. 

You will indulge me now to turn aside, and shed a 
Tear upon the Grave of my daughter Hirst, who died 
the 10 th of this Moneth, in the 35* year of her Age, was 
the Mother of eight Children, and has left five behind 
her. Some of her last Refreshments were Rasberries 
and Cherries out of your garden. I am Sir, your most 

obliged and humble Servant Samuel Sewall. 

To Sir W m Ashhurst. 

Aug*. 8, 1716 

Hon b - Sir, — Your Honor's of April 23 came to my 
hand July 11 th , 1716. It was a joyfull Surprise to the 
Inhabitants of this Province to hear the Report of Col. 
Shute's being Appointed our Governour. The character 
given of his Excellency is exceedingly refreshing to us, as 
dew upon the mown Grass. And the Assurance of it 
from our old and firm Friend, is very delightfull. Our 
Prayers are offered up in privat, and in publick, with 
Thanksgiving for so comprehensive a Blessing; and that 
lie would bring to Perfection what is so hapily begun; 
by bringing over our Governour speedily and safely to 
us ; and by making his Excellency and this people mutu- 


ally Blessings to each other. I hope the Blessings of his 
honoured Grandfather, the Eeverend Mr. Joseph Caryl, 
will be plentifully upon his head, when he shall be thus 
separated from his Friends in Great Britain ; And this our 
Governour will judge those under his Government with 
the like Diligence and Integrity, as his great Namesake 
judged the Israelites of old. As we are Thankfull to God 
for these very valuable Benefits, so also are we to those 
whom God has honoured in using them as Instruments in 
procuring them. 

Your Honor's character is so well known here, that 
'twill need the less to be clear'd from the mentioned As- 
persions. I carefully delivered with my own hand the 
Letter inclosed to John Burrill Esqr. our Speaker, after 
I had inserted his Christian Name, as in yours of March 
13 I was directed. He read it to the House of Deputies 
to good advantage. As I am bound in Duty, I shall 
reckon it my Hapiness and Honor to do what lyes in me, 
to further what is propounded. I was griev'd to hear of 
the monstrous Crimes of which my honoured Kinsman 
Mr. Agent Dummer was accused. Upon the first hearing, 
it brought to my mind the Affidavit the Chief Priests 
Watch was to give of things done while they were asleep ; 
and I express'd myself accordingly ; and discountenanced 
the propagating of the Calumny here. I enquired of 
Capt. Josiah Willard concerning Col. By field's charge who 
vindicats Mr. Dummer. 1 I have taken care to forward 
the Letters to New- York ; and those in this Town. The 
Trustees are endeavouring the Settlement of Hopkinton. 
And the Comissioners are Trading with the Reverd. Mr. 
William Homes for the Education of some Indian youths. 
Your Hon r . s most humble and obedient Serv* S. S. 

1 For some account of Dummer's character and habits, see Tyler's Hist. 
Am. Literature, II. 116-119; also Sewall's Letter Book, I. 305, note. — Eds. 



To Mr. John JLove. 

August 21, 1716. 

Sir, — The foregoing is Copy of what I writt to you 
March 20, 17jf, Which Orders I now Renew; Only send 
Two pieces of Black Paddisway ; and add to the Books 
Two Setts of Dr. Calamy's Abridgment of Mr. Baxter's 
Life. Desiring your Sympathy in the Grief I have by 
the death of my daughter Hirst, I take Leave, who am, 
Sir, your humble Serv fc S. S. 

Boston ; <p Capt. Plaisted. 


To Mr. John Storke of Rumsey Augt. 25, 1716, Or- 
dering him to Remit what Money of mine he had in his 
hand, to Mr. John Love. Advisd of the death of my 
daughter Hirst. Hope to have more Leisure to write to 
you and friends being now in a hurry bound out some 
Hundreds of [verses] next Monday. In the mean time 
let my hearty Service be accepted from Sir, your loving 
Cousin and humble Serv* S. S. 

put into Capt. Plaisted's Bag with my own hand. 


To Dr. Increase Mather. 

S r . 18 th , 1716. 

Reverend Sir, — After my return from Cambridge, I 
received the Honor and Pleasure of the noble entertain- 
ment provided for me in your Epistle. 1 I have read it 

1 What this refers to is by no means clear. The sentence in Italics quoted 
from page 8 is found in none of Dr. Mather's works published in 1716; but 
possibly it was struck out on Sewall's suggestion. In the " Memoranda of 
Letters " which follows on page 59, Sewall mentions "Dr. Mather of Age," 
the full title of which appears to be " The Dignity and Duty of Aged Ser- 
vants of the LORD. Boston, 1710." Although the sentence alluded to does 
nol incur in this publication, there is some reason to believe that it is the same 
work to which Sewall refers in his letter to Dr. Mather. — Eds. 


over once and again with great Content. If you will 
pardon the boldness, I would ask whether you might not 
spare, But I have had little Thanks for my Pains from many 
younger Ministers, p. 8. 

And I would humbly pray that, To assert the Authority 
of the Second Comandment, and to provide for its compleat Ob- 
servation, or words to that effect, only let the Second 
Commandment be in, might' begin the clause about the 
20 th Line of that page. 

Me thinks, if God please, and it be consistent with his 
purposes, I should rejoice that you might continue here 
to partake in the Hapiness of GODs slain Witnesses, be- 
fore, by your natural Death, you pass into uninterrupted 
Heavenly Glory. Desiring your Prayers for me, and 
mine, I take Leave, who am your obliged very humble 
ferv* S. S. 


To the Rever? Mr. James Noyes at Stonington p Mr. 
Fisk. Inclosed Dr. Mather of Age, 1 Joshua's Resolution, 
Mr. Column's Funeral, Thanksgiving Sermons, Mr. Moodey 
on Cousin Thomas Sewall. Writ of Mr. Walter, Thair, 
Belcher, Storm, S T . 14, Darkness, 8y 21. Cousin Moses 
Gerrish has a daughter Sarah by your Niece Col. Noyes's 
Daughter. Governour's high Recomendation. Pray that 
may meet at our great Journey's End. 

OctobT 23, 1716. 

To Mr. John Williams of Dearfield 8 r 31, 1716. Of 
the Malapert Question in the British Apollo, and the ab- 
surd Answer, dignum patella\_e] operculum? Me thinks one 
Sweet Scripture is a sufficient Answer to it. — Ye shall be 
my Sons, and Daughters, saith the Lord- Almighty. But 
how long? For ever and ever, I warrant you. For the 
Covenant is everlasting, like the Maker of it. Let vain 

1 See ante, page 58, note. — Eds. 

2 Hieron. Epist. vii. 5, page 20. [Mighe Pat. curs. Lat. 22, col. 340. ] — Eds. 



men therefore cease to reject the Creation of GOD, the 
Omnipotent GOD. Let them no longer attempt to ob- 
trude upon Heaven the Monstres of their own making. 
[This was said upon occasion of his daughter Sarah born 
7 r 9 th ]. Gave an account of my Journy home. Hopd I 
might congratulat Mr. William's Ordination. Thanks for 
his Letter. Sent a Psalter with John for an Indian there ; 
Mr. Colman's Thanksgiving Sermon. Mr. Moodey's Fu- 
neral Sermon on Thomas Sewall. Gave one also to 
Childs. Gave order about the Tombstone I view'd. Ex- 
cuse my not lodging with Mr. Williams at Hatfield from 
its being night before I got thither. I w r as the greatest 
Sufferer. — solida est mihi gratia tecum} Gave an account 
of Piscataqua Council. Dark day 8 r 21. October 22, 
New Council Sworn. Pray for us. 
Son the Minister is at Salem. 


Copy of John Barrington alias Shute 2 Esqr. his Letter to the Council. 

London, July 30, 1716. 

Gentlemen, — The Gentlemen of your Country whom 
I have the hapiness to be acquainted with here, have clone 
me but Justice in assuring you that I have all the regard 
for it that is due to a brave body of people remarkable 
for their vertue, and for Sentiments that are so well cal- 
culated to promote the hapiness of Mankind. When I 
have said this, you will I hope, think so kindly of me, as 
to believe that 1 did with great pleasure do all that was 

1 Ovid, Met. xii. 576. — Eds. 

2 John Shute, brother of Governor Samuel Shute, inherited the property 
of Francis Barrington, of Tofts, in the County of Essex, and took the name 
of Barrington. He was Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed, 
and was created in 1720 Viscount Barrington in the peerage of Ireland. The 
family has since been prominent in England, and the seventh Viscount was 
created Baron Shute in the peerage of the United Kingdom in 1880. Great 
Barrington, Mass., was named after the first peer's son, William Viscount 
Barrington, Secretary at War and Chancellor of the Exchequer. — Eds. 


in my power to preserve your Charter ; and since, to pro- 
cure the payment of one Third that remains due to sev- 
eral persons among you, for what was advanced by them 
in the Canada Expedition. But I hope I have given you 
the highest proof of my sincere esteem, and Affection for 
your Country, in consenting to part with an only Brother, 
and persuading him to give his Consent to be your Gov- 
ernour ; not only in opposition to his superiour pretensions 
in point of profit, but to my own Inclinations for his con- 
tinuing here. In him I hope, you will have not only a 
standing Proof of the highest good Will I am capable of 
bearing any Country ; but the surest pledge of my readi- 
ness to serve New-England on all occasions. Mr. Dumer 
has been always very zealous in engaging me to do any 
good Offices to your Colony, that have been in my power ; 
and has laid Seige to me so vigorously, to get Col. Shute 
from me to you, that I have at last yielded. This is the 
only Instance in which he has, or can meet with any diffi- 
culty in inducing me to consent to any thing that may be 
for your Service. I have likewise parted with Mr. John 
Boydell [with Col. Shute], to be his privat Secretary. 
He has been in my family many years, where he rendred 
me very faithfull Services, to my utmost Satisfaction. I 
cannot omit this opportunity of Recomending him to you, 
as a person you will find extreamly faithfull and capable 
in any thing the Governour shall recomend him to, and 
you employ him in. I return you my Thanks for the 
state of your Country, which you have been pleas'd to 
send me : I have read it with great pleasure, and shall 
preserve it with due care, as an Account of a brave peo- 
ple; and as an Instance of the care of God's Providence 
to those who left their Country, to preserve their Con- 
sciences ; and who retain the principles, for which they 
quitted all that was dear. To that Providence I shall 
always recommend you. 

I am Gentlemen, your most faithfull humble Servant 

J. Barrington als. Shute. 


P. S. Your Country-men here have desired my Picture. 
It is not worth their asking, nor your acceptance : But it 
is the shadow of one that is yours, and your Country's 
friend and humble Servant. 

To Wait Winthrop Esqr. 
and the Rest of His Maj' s Hon b ! e Council of the Province 
of the Massachusets Bay in New-England. 


To Mr. John StorJce. 

January 15, 17^. 

Sir, — These are to acknowledge your late Remittance 
to Mr. John Love, of which I have safely receiv'd the 
Effects in Books and Cloaths. 

I now intreat you to doe a kindness for a young man 
of Hampshire, who came over under disadvantages to look 
after a small Inheritance here ; and his kindred will keep 
him out of it if they can. The man's Name is James Bal- 
ston, who tells me he was born at Shad well, London. His 
Father James Balston late of Boston in New England Ship 
Carpenter, died in England at Gosport in Hampshire ; he 
was one of the Carpenters Crew of the Ship Norfolk. His 
Mother Hannah Balston went to him to Gosport. And 
after the Death of James Balston his father, his Mother 
Hannah Balston widow, married George Wiltshire of Botly. 
And after his Death, married John Man living at Gosport, 
who followes the Sea. James Balston, who tells me these 
tilings, servd his Time with Rob* Bacon a Shoe-maker in 
Gosport. John In wood married his Sister Hannah Balston. 
1 1 is Mother lives in Gosport at the upper End of the 
North Street, near the white Lion: She had best send the 
best Certificate and tokens she can, to demonstrate that 
her former Husband was James Balston Ship Carpenter, 
who went from Boston in New-England ; and that by him 
-In 1 had two Children and no more, viz. James Balston and 


Hannah Balston. And let his Sister Hannah join with 
her Husband in making of a Letter of Attorney to receive 
and dispose of her Share. For according to our Law, a 
Third part of the Land bequeathed by the Grandfather 
James Balston in the County of Suffolk in N. England 
Shipwright, is to be demanded by her. It seems Mrs. 
Balston sent her Granddaughter Hannah Balston a Ring, 
which she receiv'd. If you would goe to Gosport and get 
something done to purpose, I should be glad, and had 
rather my self bear part of the charge, then that the 
poor young man Moroon'd and return home with Shame 
and Disappointment. 

I hear my Namesake your Brother is like to find a good 
wife in London, which I rejoyce at. We are all well. 
Present my Duty to my Unkle and Aunt, Love to Friends 
at Bishop Stoke and Compton. My humble Service to 
Madam Dummer of Swathling. My Love to your wife ; 
to my Cousin Sarah Storke and her Husband. 

Sir, your Loving Cousin and servant 

Samuel Sewall. 

samuel sewall to rev. john williams. 

To Mr. John Williams. 

Jan'y. 21, 17}f 

Rev'd. Sir, — I have yours of the 9*? Current, and 
thank you for the Contents as to the great flood and 
Prodigy. The weather of January has hitherto been 
exceeding moderate, with a great deal of Rain and some 
Snow. The News of Capt. Thomas being cast away near 
Dungeness, was confirmed by Capt. Eve who arriv'd the 
24^ Dec!". Tis a very great Destruction both as to per- 
sons and Estates. One only escaped to tell us, viz. the 
Second Mate who swum ashore. Mr. Jeffries 1 especially, 

1 David Jeffries (H. C. 1708), lost at sea in 1716. The Rev. Joseph 
Sewall was in the class in college the next before his. See N. E. Gen. and 
Antiq. Register, XV. 14-17.— Eds. 


is very much Lamented ; you may be sure my Son the 
Minister is drench'd in Tears; being distressed for his 
lovely and beloved David. Mr. Pemberton preach' d a 
Sermon from Josiah's dying in peace. Mr. Sewall several 
sermons from 112 Psalm. He shall not be afraid of evil 
Tidings — Mr. Prince had concerted coming in this Ship; 
but went into Country, and as he says, by a Chain of 
Impediments was prevented ; his Horse tired, his Boat 
grounded, &c. I hear my Neighbf Banister got a Board 
but a little before the Storm. Mr. Allen the Treasurer 
has buried his only Daughter Mrs. Wheelwright. [She] 
was brought to Bed of a Son Jan'y. 11 about 10 m and 
dyed 3 or 4 hours after midnight following. Two Sons 
survive. The New South is reputed the Compleatest 
Meeting house in Boston, 1 and is the Tenth, taking in 
Kumney Marish. The Old South is the Oldest Building 
of them all. Upon the Eighth current a Fast w T as kept 
at the New South, being the first Assembly held there. 
Dr. Increase Mather began with an Excellent Prayer. 
Mr. Wadsworth Preach'd from Gods Searching the hearts 
— Eev. Mr. Colman Pray'd. P. M. Mr. Sewall prayd, 
Dr. C. Mather Preach'd. The Zeal of thy House — Mr. 
Pemberton Pray'd, gave the Second part of the 84'. h Psal. 
to be Sung. Mr. Williams of the Old Ch. set Low Dutch 
Tune. Mr. Pemberton gave the Blessing. On each of 
the three Doors a Virulent Libel was fixed, of which the 
inclosed is a Copy. The Copy of the Letter is from Mad m 
Ushers Son-in-Law, a worthy dissenting Minister in Lon- 
don. As far as I can learn, there are 3 or 5 to One for 
the pf. I cannot well without Shame and Blushing an- 
swer your concluding desire; by reason of my own un- 
preparedness. For I am verily perswaded the Slaughter 
of the Witnesses is very near at hand, and who shall live 
when God does this! A Natural, Civil, Spiritual Life; as 

1 Sen In the matter of the Proprietors of the New South Meeting-House in 
Boston, 18 Allen's Reports, 497.— Eds. 


I think I have heard Mr. Higginson Preach. May not 
the mentioned Libel forebode it, or be part of it ? Could 
Christs Spouse be more ill-favourdly Endowd, Ad Ostium 
Uccksice, as the Law Term is. The Witnesses must be 
slain, and I do not see it made out that they have been 
already Slain. They that alledge it, their Allegations are 
inconsistent with the Tenor of the Prophesie. January 
begins this New Year (the Julian Year) with almost every 
body but Englishmen. Upon the first Thursday of it Mr. 
Sewall Preachd from Hab. 2.3. Possibly some might not 
be well pleased, But others think people had been long 
enough held with the too Confident Affirmations that 
have been advanced. Especially when Mr. Joseph Mede, 
that excellent Man, did with so much Modesty aim at 
this Year in his Time. And to go about to say, that 
Notable Events have been this year produced, is in too 
great a degree, to annihilat the Prophesie, and to divert 
Christians from the genuine Expectations they ought to 
maintain concerning it. We are all well ; my Wife still 
keeps her Chamber. I fear I may shortly hear of the 
Death of my Dear Sister Mrs. Jane Gerrish, who was my 
fellow Passenger in the Prudent Mary, 1661, being then 
about 1J year old. Tis reckon' d a time of great Health 
with us, and yet many drop away. Jer. Dummer Esq. 
the Father is altogether Superannuated. The Governours 
Return hither from Piscatiqua, is Expected this Week. 
My Service to you and Mad? Williams, to Mr. Williams of 
Hatfield, Mr. Stoddard, to Mr. Williams of Long-Meadow ; 
His Narative has given me much pleasant Entertainment. 
It was mislaid a great while, and happily came to light 
again. I desire your Prayers that we may watch, and 
keep our Garments ; that we may keep Faith and a good 
Conscience, and may not make Ship-wreck of the same. 
I am, Sir, your Obliged humble Serv* 

Samuel Sewall. 

VOL. II.— 5 


I lately met with Mr. Tho s Oakes in the street, in the 
Night, as I was coming home. He told me your Daugh- 
ter was come out of Captivity with two Children ; her 
husband Dead. I fear the Report was groundless; how- 
ever, it quickens the Remembrance of her in Prayer. I 
hope God, in this Article will manifest himself to be a 
God hearing Prayer ! Your Sympathie with us in our 
painfull Perplexities is very refreshing. 


To Joseph Parsons Esqr. at North- Hampton. 

Feb. 16, 17if 

Sir, — I have yours of the 2 d of this Moneth ; and am 
much grieved, that as soon as ever the French and Indi- 
ans are off, we should be affronting, and beating, and 
vilifying one another. Although it should seem strange, 
that a Training Day, circumstancd as you mention, should 
last till nine or ten a-clock at night; yet I apprehend, 
that being one of tbe Judges, it is not convenient for me 
to answer the Questions propounded. 

We have here Sorrow upon Sorrow. My Sister Gerrish 
died at Newbury, of a Fever the 29 th of January. She 
was born in England, Octob r 25, 1659. But this week 
our Lamentations are for more publick Losses. The Rev d 
Mr. Pemberton died Feb. 13. f past 3, after Noon ; Whenas 
in the morning we had an account of a good night, and of 
his being better. 

The Rev d Mr. William Brattle died last Thorsday night, 
at Midnight. That Two Divines so eminently usefull, 
should ly dead in their Houses at once, is what I have not 
before observed, and wish it be not portentous. Praying 
God to pity, and pardon, and help us — S. S. 



To his Excellency Samuel Shuie JEsqr. Govemour. 

Feb. 19, 17-i-f 

May it please tour Excellency, — My Answers to 
your Enquiries yesterday were so confus'd, That, with 
your Excellencys Indulgence, I will a little set them right. 
Mr. Atwater a principal Shop-keeper in Boston had (be- 
sides other Children) Two Daughters, Anna and Mary. 
Mr. Jer. Dumer Goldsmith, now under indisposition, Mar- 
ried Mrs. Anna: The L fc Gov* and Mr. Agent Dumer are 
their Sons. Mr. John Clark Ship- master Son of Capt. 
Christopher Clark, Married Mrs. Mary Atwater, and by 
her had Mrs. Mary Clark (now Pemberton) and died. 
Mr. John Coney Goldsmith, being a widower, married 
Mrs. Mary Clark the widow, and by her had divers 
Daughters, who are the gentlewomen your Excellency 
saw in the Coach accompanying their Mother not well 
able to goe a-foot : They are half-Sisters to Madam Pem- 
berton ; and the widow Taylor to be heard this day, is 
her Aunt. 

I humbly Thank your Excellency for your Labour of 
Love in following our worthy Pastor to his long home 
yesterday, though it snow'd so fast. Am Thankfull for 
the Favour of Renewing my Coniission, and pray your 
Excellency's Countenance in the Execution of it. Pray- 
ing GOD, that the Blessings of your excellently Pious 
and Learned Grandfather, the Rev? Mr. Joseph Caryl, 
may be plentifully showered upon you, I take leave, who 
am your Excellency's most humble and most obedient 
Servt. S. S. 

N. I deliverd this to the Gov r with my own hand in 
Council, which he presently read, and bow'd to me. 

In the evening Mr. Campbell brought me a Copy of 
Verses on Mr. Pemberton, which follow. 1 

1 See note at end of the volume, page 293. — Eds. 


Hie jacet ereptus medijs, proh fata ! trophseis, 

Numinis et patriae, quae pariebat amor, 
Boston idum Praeco, gregis et Moderator alumni, 

Delicia?, columen, lumen, et orane Decus. 
Ex quo ferre novos terra haec Dignata colonos, 

Et placido profugos alma fovere sinu ; 
Non tulit ingenio, pietate, laboribus, ullum 

Moribus, eloquio, et vix habitura parem [est]. 
Fulmine quo reprobos detorsit tramite laevo, 

Monstravitque sequi, qua' via dextra vocat ! 
Qua' gravitate feros miscentis et Omnia vulgi 

Composuit Motus, consilioque fori ! 
Quo genio valuit nascentis nomina Gentis 

Anglinenum Doctis inseruisse choris ! 
Hie saxum primus secuit, decurrere lymphas 

Jussit, et irriguis arida lavit aquis; 
Sustulit has humiles casas, Magnolia Christi 

Reddere vel sollers, hospite Digna Deo. 
Corpus at impatiens animi, qui cuncta premebat, 

Deficit, et cinis est, qui fuit ignis heri. 
Ergo tuae gentis valeas Dux optime, Magni 

Quicquid et in patria', cum patria'que vale. 
Sic eat ! id nunquam memori de pectore nomen 

Excidet, aut lacrymas comprimet ulla dies. 
Ast animis populi, velut inscribe're Sepulchro, 

Corda vel in tumulum inferet ille tuum. 1 


To Bro! Sewall March 13, 17^f, inclosing the News- 
Letters of the Death of Mr. Brattle, Pemberton, and 
Boston's Burials. Euphrates. Mr. Thomas Foxcroft, 
Neighbour Allen's Son at New-Haven ; Adjournment of 
the Superiour Court at Plimouth to April 23. Let us 
be always Travelling towards Canaan, making progress 
in our way thither, everyday! 

To Joseph Dudley Esqr., April 1, 1717. There 

is one thing to be Remembred; that convenient Caution 
be given, that Mrs. Sewall do not run her Husband in 
Debt, without his Order 

Sent p Mr. Isaac Williams. 

1 These lines have been corrected from the original broadside copy. — Eds. 



To John Winthrop Fsqr. 1 at New-London {far from his Father, 
and Sister, and Friends) . 

April 8, 1717. 

Sir, — I Thank you for your valuable Present, Mr. 
Adams's Sermon on the prodigious Storm. Am sorry 
that your estate was diminished thereby ; Though that 
stroke was light, compard with the Death of your pleas- 
ant Son, whom you had waited for so long. I desire to 
sympathise with you and your Consort, in this painfull 
Bereavement. I buried my First-born, at 17 Moneths 
old, who died likewise of Convulsions. This my John 
was born April 2, 1677. And the last year, my daughter 
Hirst, and my Sister Jane Gerrish, were parted from me ; 
my Daughter, in July; and my Sister, in January last. 
Oh ! that I could shake off my Dilatoriness, and become 
ready for my own Dissolution ! that I might be clothed 
upon, in order to my being unclothed ! 'Tis the Happi- 
ness of Christian Parents, more especially respecting their 
Infant- Children, that they sorrow not as those without 
Hope. The Consolations treasured up in the 56'? of Isa. 
are a most sweet and rich Cordial. " Even unto them will 
1 1 give in my House, and within my walls, a place and a 
" name better than of Sons, and of Daughters ; I will give 
I them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off." 
If you please, I will subjoin Promises out of 2 Cor. 6. 17. 
18. "And I will Receive you : and will be a Father unto 
" you ; and ye shall be my sons, and Daughters, saith the 
f Lord Almighty." I ask your Acceptance of the inclosed 
little book, in mourning. The Post was gon from the 
Major General's last Monday, before I got thither, Which 

1 John Winthrop, F. R. S. (H. C. 1700), son of Chief Justice Winthrop 
and great grandson of the first governor. He married Anna, daughter of 
Governor Joseph Dudley, and died 1747. He was the great-grandfather of 
the Hon. Robert C. Winthrop. — Eds. 


has occasion'd these Lines, and the little vial of Tears from 
Sir, your friend and humble Serv fc Samuel Sewall. 
John Winthrop Esqr. 

A little Vial of Tears occasion'd by the death of John Winthrop at 
New-London, Febr. 15, aged Ten Moneths. 

In loving, lovely, darling John 
Winthrop and Dudley met in One, 
Such Harmony of charming Features 
Rarely appears in mortal creatures. 
But Oh ! What, meet to part so soon : 
Must we Resign this Budding-Boon ? 
We must ; We Will ! GOD's Will is done, 
Our Wills shall make an Unison : 
JESUS will call John from the Grave, 
From Sin eternally to save. 


To Sam 1 Partridge Esqr. at Hatfield, June 10, 1717. 
Condolance for the death of his Son Mr. John Partridge, 
making his case parallel with that of the Worthy Patriot 
Deputy-Gov r Danforth, respecting Mr. Samuel and Mr. 
Jonathan Danforth. Two of his Grandsons, Mr. Whiting, 
and Mr. Foxcroft, have eminent Settlements in the Min- 
istry. 'Tis good waiting upon GOD ! 

I inclos'd the Election-News-Letter, which mentions 
Mr. Partridge. 

To the Rev d Mr. Moses Hale, June 21, 1717. Sending 
him a Lutestring Scarf for his wife ; the Funeral Sermons 
on Mr. Brattle and Pemberton ; and the News-Letter that 
mentions Mrs. Paybody of Little Compton. The 25 th Ins' 
is apointed for Nomination of Civil Officers : The Gov!* and 
Council will need your Prayers and especially your loving 
tinkle S. S. 

Sent p Bro r Mood e v. 



A Coppy of a Letter to Gov r . Cranston of Newport. 

Boston, Aug? 1 20*, 1717. 
Hon b ^ e Sir, — It seems there is a Controversy between 
Thomas Hazard and George Mumford both of Kingstown, 
Narragansett, about a parcel of Saltmarsh or Beach. And 
as I am inform'd, The Question is whether the marsh and 
Beach in Controversy belong to Point Judith Neck or to 
little Point Judith Neck. Now that Pettaqumscott Pur- 
chase was by Order of the Proprietors, measured and 
marked out by John Smith a skillfull Surveyor, whose 
Piatt I have by me, certified under his hand. And so far 
as I can judge by this Piatt, Much the greater part of 
the mentioned Marish and Beach must needs belong to 
Little Point Judith Neck. And all my parts and Shares 
in little Point Judith Neck I have sold to the said Hazard. 
Even the Grandfather of the said George Mumford told 
me when I was with him upon the Little Neck of Point 
Judith, that the whole of it was reckon' d to be the Pro- 
priety of John Hull Esqr. deceased. However, the whole 
Right was conveyed as abovesaid. Praying God to direct 
your Honor and the hon'ble Judges and Jurors in this 
and all other Actions that may come before you, 

I take leave who am Hon b ! e Sir 

Your Hon r . 8 Most Humble and obedient Servant 

Samuel Sewall. 

john barrington to the council. 

Tofts in Essex, June the 25*. h , 1717. l 

Gentlemen, — It is with a great deal of pleasure that I 
find by the Favour of yours of the 1- January that any 
of the endeavours I have used for your Service, have been 

1 Copyed out for the Council, the Original being lost; and not yet an^ 
swerd, Feb 7 . 11, 1717/18. 


acceptable to you. I don't in the least doubt but the 
Defence that was made of your Charter, when it was last 
attack'd, will render it the more difficult to make any 
attempt upon it for the future. The Money you advanc'd 
upon the Expedition to Canada, was due to you in grati- 
tude, for the generous manner in which it was advanc'd, 
as well as in Justice, and in regard to our own Credit. It 
has therefore given me a great deal of satisfaction, that I 
have been Instrumental this Session, in getting the re- 
maining Sums due to you stated by Parliament as a pub- 
lick Debt ; and provided with an Interest till it shall be 
paid. In this I was so fortunat as to engage one of the 
Lords of the Treasury, a Member of our House, against 
the opinion of the rest of his Brethren ; and that has been 
the great reason of your succeeding in this point ; at least 
of your obtaining it without Opposition, after the strenu- 
ous endeavours us'd against settleing it last year. 

I am heartily glad to find that your climat is so agree- 
able to my Brother : and that his Administration of the 
Government is so acceptable to you, and to the people. 
You could not have given me a more agreeable proof of 
your sense of the Hapiness of the Country under him, 
than by the Copy of the Address you were pleas'd to send 
me. I shall ever carefully preserve it as an Address that 
conveys a just character of those that drew it and pre- 
sented it, as well as of the person to whom it was made. 
Whatever Treatment my Brother may have met with 
from some, which I think tends very much to make the 
Country uneasy, as well as him, I cant but flatter my self, 
that both cant fail of being easy and happy, whilst my 
Brother is assisted with a standing Council, who have 
such Sentiments and Dispositions. 

Next to the Regards you profess to my Brother, one of 
the most obliging things you could say to me, is the as- 
surance of your readiness to doe something for Mr. Boy- 
delFs advantage, who, I am sure, must have before this 


Recommended himself to you by his Capacity, Integrity, 
application, and Address. If I thot it were possible for 
him to want any further Recomendation from me to you ; 
or any thing to enforce your kind Dispositions towards 
him, I should with pleasure under take it. But I dont 
in the least doubt but you have before this had an Oppor- 
tunity of doing somthing to his Satisfaction. Whenever 
you do me the Honor to look on my picture, you will see 
the Representation of a man that is a most hearty Friend 
to New-England and who expects from their Justice and 
Prudence, that they will support a Governour, who is 
come among you with the utmost Resolution to serve 
you ; and who is at the same time, Gentlemen, your most 
faithfull humble Servant J. Barrington. 

Scripsi 8? 4 t0 , 1717. The Superscription appears to be 
written by Mr. Agent Dumer. 

To his Excellency the Governour. 

May it please your Excellency, — These are to 
Congratulat your safe Return to this Province, and Town, 
after long Absence. I design'd Meeting your Exc z yes- 
terday ; But I was oblig'd to sit up all Tuesday night with 
my dear Wife, then seis'd with extraordinary Sickness, 
which continuing, rendred me unfit for such a Solemnity. 

Praying GOD to direct and succeed your Excellency in 
all your Weighty Affairs, I take leave who am Sir, your 
Exc? most humble, and most obed* Serv* S. S. 

Boston, 8 t . 17, 1717. Thorsday M. 


To Dr. Cotton Mather. 

Octob' 29, 1717. 

Rev d Sir, — These are thankfully to acknowledge my 
Obligation to you on the account of your Embalming my 


most Constant Lover, my most laborious Nurse. We were 
so amazed with the mortal Sickness of Mr. Hirst, that my 
Son forgot to speak to me of your Sermon, which was the 
reason of my sending Mr. Gerrish to you to desire it; not 
knowing- that your kindness had prevented me. Though 
1 have buried Ten Children, yet not every one of them 
in the Tomb ; Hull Sewall died, and was buried, at New- 
bury. Notwithstanding, I had his Name engraven on the 
Tomb-Stone, with the Poet's Verses, 1 

Si non Urna, tamen junget nos littera ; Si non 
Ossibus ossa meis ; at Nomen nomine tangam. 

Possibly this may justify what you have said. 

As to a Law-Term, we may be allowed to Speak in the 
Laiunia^e of Judge Littleton, and his Learned Comenta- 
tor, in the ffirst Chapter of the Third Book, entituled Par- 
ceners, p. 165-6. Sect. 242. Daughter and Heir. 

Gods Providence in so suddenly removing Mr. Hirst, is 
very amazing to me ; that presently after the death of my 
dear Wife, the Ax should be laid to this Pillar, that was 
so much the Ornament and Support of the family ! I 
desire Prayers, that I may be enabled to learn the new 
Lesson of my widowed condition, and that God would 
graciously comfort my children, and Mrs. Jane Green. I 
am Sir, your most obliged and humble Servant. S. S. 


To Mr. Samuel Storke in London. 

Octob' 29, 1717. 
Sir, — Yours of May 2, 1715, giving an account of the 
Safety vouchsafed you by Sea and Land in your Travails, 
was very refreshing to me; and it was the more so be- 
en use of the great Storm that arose presently after your 
setting sail from Salem. I join with you in Blessing God 
lor his many Mercies in your Preservation. I ask your 

1 Ovid, Met. xi. TOG. —Eds. 


pardon that I have been so slow in returning an Answer 
to yours. But I am glad of the advantage that accrues 
thereby of wishing you joy of your Marriage and settle- 
ment in London. I would now desire you to receive what 
I shall order Mr. John Storke to Remit thither and lay it 
out in such Memorandums as I shall send you. Although 
there be much Labour, and not much profit in it, yet I 
hope for sake of the Relation you will undertake it. But 
alas my delaying thus long puts me upon calling upon you 
for abundance of Condolance on account of the death of 
my dear Wife most constant in her Love to me a most 
tender Mother and Laborious Nurse. The 28 th of Febru- 
ary next would have compleated the Two and Forty years 
of our Married Estate. She died the 19^ Instant and was 
honourably interred the 23. Presently after her death 
my worthy and dear Son-in-Law Mr. Grove Hirst was 
seised with a violent Fever of which he died the last 
Lord's Day Night, 3 or 4 hours after Midnight, to our 
great amazement. He took his solemn leave of his Fam- 
ily and me Last Friday, in a most Christian manner; and 
made his Will. He has appointed Mr. Daniel Oliver and 
Mr. W m Woolsteed to be his Exec* 3 Has left five Small 
Orphans ; a Son and four Daughters. To morrow he is to 
be laid by his Mother-in-Law, who was very dear to him, 
and just by his dear wife. The Lord fit us to follow. 

I suppose you are not unacquainted with Mr. Samuel 
Sewall Son of Maj: r Sewall of Salem. He is an accom- 
plished Merchant and dwells in Town. If you might 
transfer the buisness wherein you Employ' d Mr. Hirst, 
upon him, I hope it would be for your Profit ; and you 
would therein very much gratify me. His Brother Jona- 
than Sewall liv'd with Mr. Hirst several years, who was 
pleased "with his Skillfull and faithfull Services and has 
often in my hearing given him a very good Character. 
Jonathan now dwells with his Brother and joyns with him 
in his Ship-Chandlers Business. If it please God to spare 


my Life, I hope before Winter to send you Sermons on 
the forementioned causes of our Sorrow. I and my two 
Sons and two Daughters are as well as may be expected, 
so soon after these awfull Bereavements. I desire your 
Prayers. With my service to your good Wife I take 
leave, who am Sir, Your Loving Cousen and humble Ser- 
vant. Samuel Sewall. 


Boston N. E. Octob 1 ; 30, 1717. 
Mr. John Storke. 

S R , — Yours of aprill 17* is before me. I Thank you 
for your Effectual care of my concerns ; and likewise the 
pains you have Taken on behalfe of the widow In-Wood 
of Gosport, daughter of James Balston dec d . The writing 
Sent to his Son I cannot yet Come at. If they do not 
come to hand Speedily, I Intend to do w r hat I can for 
Hanah In wood with what I have received. As for her 
Brother I Cant Learn what is become of him. It hath 
pleased Cod in his holy Soveraignty to take from me my 
dear wife the 19 th Instant. Presently after her death my 
worthy Son in Law Grove Hirst Esq r was Seized with a 
Violent Fever of which he died the 28 th about 4 in the 
morning. These awfull bereavements put my family into 
deep mourning, and Expose us to many painfull perplex- 
ities. I am Thankfull to you and others that may be 
Concerned for the profitable buisnesse You Imployed Mr. 
Hirst in. And now if you Should See meet to Transfer 
your Buisnesse to my Cousin Mr. Sam! Sewell Eldest Son 
of my Brother Majf Sewall of Salem, It would Very much 
gratifie me. He has a good Storehouse Just by Mr. 
Hirst's and I hope would Transact for you with Integrity, 
ability and application. His Brother Jon a Sewall dwells 
with him, who formerly lived Several Years with Mr. 
Hirst who gave him a Very good character; and he un- 
derstands and is well acquainted with Mr. Hirst's affairs. 


In the afternoon we are to Carry Mr. Hirst to his Long 
home, and Leave him in the dark house with his dear 
wife and mother-in- Law. The Lord fit me for the time 
of my dissolution. My humble Service to Mad? Dummer 
of Swathling ; my Love to my Cousin Storke and her hus- 
band. My Duty to my Uncle and Aunt at Bishop Stoke. 
Love to my Cousins, especially Mr. Nath! Dumer of Comp- 
ton. I hope if God Spare my Life, to Send you some 
funeral Sermons before winter, if meet with a Convenient 
Opportunity: Inclosing the news Letter of this week, I 
Take Leave, who am S? Your Loving Cousin and hum? 
Serv* Sam! 1 Sewall. 

[P. S.] I am glad my Cousin is blessed with a good 
wife and dwells at London. 

To Mr. Thomas Prince. 

9 r . 28, 1717. One-a-clock p. m. 

Sir, — I intended to have waited upon you yesterday 
with my small Presents; [30" Bill] but was belated and 
prevented. I doe it now with the more Cheerfullness, 
being Refresh' d with your very agreeable Exercises ; and 
am, Sir, your Friend and Serv' Samuel Sewall. 


To the Rev? Mr. Thomas Cotton at London. 

August 28, 1717. 

Sir, — Yours of Septembf 27, 1716, <p Capt. Eve was 
very welcome to me. I have made many Friends with 
the Intelligence you were pleased to favour me with. 
And your very kind acceptance of my Endeavours to 
assist Madam Usher in any of her difficulties, is obliging. 
Besides the obligations Mad m Usher has laid upon me and 
mine, I take this friendly Remembrance of yours as an 


ample Reward, and I shall be encouraged thereby, to per- 
seveer in appearing to Justify her, though I hope the 
Clouds are almost blown over. To my great surprise 
Madam Ushers Health has been for some considerable 
time much impaired. She has been often seised with a 
vertiginous Distemper which the Physician fears may 
prove fatal. Being generally of a strong Constitution, 
she can hardly Submit to allow herself that tender regard 
which now seems necessary. Since the Death of worthy 
Mr. Bridge, she is at last fully removd more than three 
quarters of a Mile to the Northward of my House : yet 
this distance does not prevent our mutual visits; nor 
wholly deprive us of her good Company, which is enter- 
taining. The Refreshing Showers that fell here the 
Evening after K. George's Proclamation, were I hope a 
good Omen that will not deceive us ; which Occasioned 
my making the Distich inserted in Mr. Holyokes Alma- 
nack. The Civil and Military Posts are now mostly rilled 
by his Excellency Gov r Shute with Persons suitable and 
satisfactory. As for my own part I am reinstated in the 
places I enjoyed at his Excellency's Arrival ; viz. Coun- 
cillor, Judge of the Superiour Court, and Judge of Pro- 
bat. I desire your Prayers, that I may therein seek the 
Honour of God and the Welfare of the Province, And 
may not inordinately seek my self. 

1 could not expect those Events in the Year 1716 that 
many others did. I saw but little addition of Argument 
to move me to be of that Opinion, beyond what was given 
by the Excellent Mr. Joseph Mede long agoe, and that 
with a great deal of Modesty. I was persw aided the 
witnesses were not slain; and therefore that Year could 
not shew us their Resurrection; which must not be till 
Three years and a half after their Slaughter. I have in- 
closed some of my sentiments relating to the Accomplish- 
ment of Prophecies of which I crave your favourable 
view. I set my own Dear wife before me when I writ 


the Exordium. She is now [Dec: r 31] no longer mine but 
is joyned to the Spirits of Just Men made perfect. In 
August I waited upon his Excellency to Arrowsick 1 in the 
River Kennebeck. After my Return I was taken sick ; 
My sickness lasted about a fortnight, in the Month of 
Septembf. In Octob r my wife was seised with a Vehe- 
ment Cold, which began to abate, and as I hoped, was 
going off: but upon the 15 th of that Month, it return'd 
with much greater force. Her Pains grew intolerable, and 
she Expired upon the 19 th , On Saturday a little before 
sun-set, which fill'd our House with a flood of Tears. I 
have lost a most Constant Lover, a most laborious Nurse 
for 42 years together. I beg your Prayers that I may be 
Counselled and Comforted of God in this my desolate 
Condition. I have inclosed four of Dr. Mathers Funeral 
Sermons. Please to present one of them to Mad m Try- 
phena Grove with my humble Service ; and another to 
my Lady Russell. The very night after my Wife died, 
my worthy son in Law Mr. Grove Hirst grew indispos'd, 
was arrested with a Violent Fever of which he died the 
Night before the 28^ of October, leaving five small Or- 
phans, a Son, and four Daughters. The causes of our 
mourning are so multiplied, that I have been Bearer to 
Three Gentlemen that were Bearers to my wife ; viz. 
Maj r Gen! Winthrop, Col. Elisha Hutchinson and Andrew 
Belcher Esqr. We stand in aw to think what God tcutv 
be about to do with us when he is removing so many of 
our Principal Pillars in the Civil Order. And the Rev'd. 
Mr. Nicholas Noyes, and the Rev'd. Mr. George Curwin 
died at Salem this and the last Moneth ; and the People 
are left destitute. Mr. Curwin died first, about 35 Years 
of Age. Mr. Noyes 70. Both eminent for Learning and 
Piety and serviceableness. I was much affected to see 
mention made of the Death of the Excellently Learned 
and Pious Bishop you wrote of. We hope our mortal 

1 See Sewall's Diary, III. 135. — Eds. 


Fever is something abated though many are still sick. 
We have had very little Thunder the last summer and 
upon the Lords-day morning December 22 a little before 
Sun-rise, we had great Lightening and Three distinct 
Claps of Thunder. The last was very loud and startling. 
Two Houses were Stricken with it. One was Col. Vetch's 
that was stricken a year or two agoe. A Woman was 
now removed out of her place, and hurt by it. Tis a 
Mercy that so many heard this terrable Voice, and are 
yet alive. The good Hopes you express concerning 
France makes me glad. I would fain hope that the Gre- 
cian Churches will also be recovered out of their Rubbish 
and Ruines ; and that God will rescue the miserable Sons 
and Daughters of Adam in Asia and Africa from that 
palpable Darkness and Death into w T hich they are plunged. 
The remarkable Beating of the Turk, and the taking of 
Belgrade, are I hope comfortable Indications that the sec- 
ond Wo is passing away, whatsoever hardships and sorrows 
the Reformed of Hungaria or other parts may in the mean 
time undergo and may justly put us into Mourning. And 
now Sir I ask your pardon that I have been thus slow, in 
answering your very obliging Letter ; and earnestly desire 
the continuance of your Prayers with w 7 hich you close it. 

My Service to Mad™ Cotton, with the beholding of 
whose Effigies I am some times gratified. Just before I 
had done wanting Mr. Winthrop sends me a few of the 
Sermons on his Father. Accept of two of them. 
I am Sir your Obliged and humble 

Servant. Samuel Sewall. 

Inclosed also 3 or 4 New T s-Letters qt the Deaths of my 
wife, Mr. Hirst, 1 Capt. Belcher 2 Esqr., Waitstill Winthrop 3 
Esqr., Elisha Hutchinson 4 Esqr., Mr. Noyes 5 and Curwin. 6 
Gave the Packet to Capt. Davis, Jan r 1, 17||. 

1 See Sewall's Diary, III. 145, note. — Eds. 

2 Ibid., 146.— Eds. 8 Ibid., 146. — Eds. 4 Ibid., 154. — Eds. 
6 Ibid., 154, and Letter-Book, I. 289, note. — Eds. 

6 See Sewall's Diary, III. 150. — Eds. 



Sherbourn, Wednesday, January 8, 1717/18. 1 

The Reverend, learned, and pious Mr. Daniel Gookin, 
the first Pastor of the Church of Christ in this Town de- 
ceased, aged about 67 years; who in his younger Time 
was Fellow of Harvard College about the space of Seven 
years; and since has been an Ordained Minister in said 
Town about 34 years; who many years preached the 
Indian Lectures at Natick; a Gentleman sound in his 
Doctrine, explaining the Scriptures to the weakest Ca- 
pacity, and painfull in his Studies, tender of his Flock, 
and Exemplary in his Life, and Lamented of all good 
Men that had Acquaintance with him, especially in his 
own Church and Town. 

N. The above-written is Clerk Eider's Letter to Mr. 


To Gov r . /Saltonstall, $ Jh? Winthrop JEsqr. 

Jan? 15, 17$$: 

Sir, — When the BREAKERS were passing over me, 
Wave after Wave, Wave after Wave, in a most formida- 
ble Succession, your Honour and your good Lady came 
early to my Succour, and by your Excellent Letters of 
Condolence did very much towards keeping my Weary 
head above Water; for which I render my humble and 
hearty Thanks. My Thank-Offering had not been thus 
late, but that I waited for Mr. Colman's Sermon on Mr. 
Hirst, which at last was bound with difficulty by reason 
of the Severity of the Weather. I receiv'd the Funeral 
Sermon on Madam Whittingham the 12 fc . h of 8 r , which I 
read with Satisfaction ; and hope it was a preparative to 

1 See Sewall's Diary, III. 159. —Eds. 

VOL. II. — 6 


me for meeting the sore Trial of the mortal Sickness of 
my clear Wife, with which she was seis'd the 15^ of the 
Same Moneth. The Trial was the more Shocking, be- 
cause the Sickness was so sudden and vehement, when 
we reckond upon Recovery from former Indisposition. I 
have also gratified my Friends at Salem with the sight of 
it. My Brother tells me, 'tis a very good Sermon, and is 
glad that Boston in Great Britain hath such good Preach- 
ing in it, as well as Boston in N. E. Major Price says, 
" When I was in London, Mr. Whittingham carried me to 
" see this Lady, being then a Courtier to her : She had 
"then the Character of a vertuous, ingenious Gentle- 
" woman, of a good Family and Fortune ; w T hich gave me 
" the greater Satisfaction in reading the Sermon ; and I 
" believe she well deserved the Praises given her." Tram 
scrib'd Mr. Agent Dumer's Letter of 7 r 23, 1717. Our 

Apocalyptical Men. 1 return to give your Honor 

Thanks for your obliging and Refreshing Sympathy with 
me in my (I can hardly write for tears) Widowed state, 
which I have not been accustomed to ; and earnestly de- 
sire [your] the Continuance of your Prayers that GOD 
would vouchsafe to dwell with me, and Counsel and Com- 
fort me. I intend God Willing to spend this day senight 
in Prayer and preaching at my House on that occasion. 
I send this by Mr. Winthrop, with one of Mr. Colman's 
Sermons on Mr. Hirst, to your Honor, and another to 
your Lady, of which I ask Acceptance. This Gentleman 
has lost his nearest and most valuable Relation ; your 
Honor will pardon the Presumption if I take upon me to 
bespeak your Cherishing Favour for him. My Service 
to your good Lady. I take leave, who am your Honor's 
most obliged and Obedient Serv* S. S. 

N. Mr. Winthrop took my Letter and a Book written 
in Madam Saltonstall, and went out of Town between 11 
and 12 Merid. 



To Mr. Edward Taylor with Thanks for his Condolence 
of the 13^ Janf. Inclosed the Sermons on Mr. Hirst, and 
Major Gen! Winthrop, «p Pell. 

Jan? 17* 171 }. 


To Mr. Agent Dummer. 

Boston N. E. Jrt\-j 25, 17-JJ. 
Sir, — Nunquam sera est ad bonos mores via. Possibly our 
English, Better late than never, may explain this Latine 
Proverb. The both together encourage me to Answer 
Your Obliging Letters, though too late, especially for the 
former. I thankfully Acknowlege the Receipt of it, and 
the valuable Prints it inclosed. Yours of the 23? of sep: br 
last came not to hand till the 2* of this instant January, 
the Ships that brought it not arriving till a month after 
those they came out with. Very welcome it was ; and I 
hope as to me personally, there is no need of the Apology 
respecting the Lt. Gov r , for as much as I desire to carry it 
towards his Honor as his Post demands. But I have not 
accustomed my self to intermeddle where the Prerogative 
of the Crown is concern'd in placing or displacing. I am 
glad of the Comfortable Prospect our Apocalyptical men 
have of the downfall of Antichrist. However, I believe 
Weeping will goe between on account of the Slaughter of 
the witnesses not yet accomplished. And I could wish 
that they who so confidently and peremptorily fixed and 
proclaimed 1716 as the Year of Jubilee would make some 
Apology for themselves; lest otherwise they become guilty 
of depreciating the Prophesie, and of diverting persons 
from looking out with earnest desire to see the Fullfill- 
ment of it. I presume his Honor our Lt. Gov: r has ti- 
mously set before you the lamentable Havock has been 
made amongst us, by a mortal Pleuretick Fever, whereby 


we are bereavd of many of our most valuable Men. You 
will indulge me in relating the waste made upon my own 
Family, having the honor of being related to you. Wednes- 
day, July 4 th , 1716, I could not find in my heart to keep 
the Commencement any where, but with my Desirable 
and dear Daughter Hirst. My Tears will hardly permit 
me to write, that her Life reached not to the Next Mid- 
week. Jan:y 29 th , My dear Sister Mrs. Jane Gerrish died. 
She was the youngest of the Children born in England. 
And now my Brother, Mr. John Sewall, and Four Sisters 
and my Honoured Parents ly Buried at Newbury, which 
put me upon Saying. 

Anglica Janajacet germanis flenda duobus, 

Uni germance; septimus iste dolor. 
Jam Nova Villa vale : tecum pater est mihi nullus 

Nee Mater, patriam qui statuere meam. 
Unum germanum, bis binas jlere Sorores 

Cogimur interdum ; jam Nova Villa vale. 

After my return from Arousick I was fain to keep House 
about a fortnight by reason of Sickness. This was in 
Sep: br . In Octo br my dear Wife was seised with a very 
great Cold, which we hoped was going off on Tuesday 
October 15 th . But that very Night she had a relapse, 
and was distressed more than ever; so that She Expired 
on Satterclay October 19 th , a little before Sun sett; and I 
lost my most constant lover, my most laborious Nurse ; 
which produe'd a Flood of Tears in our Bed Chamber. 
Upon Wednesday October 23, His Excellency the Gov: r 
and the wliole Gen! Court Condescended to honour us 
with their Presence at Her Funeral, October 23, 1717. 

What signify these Locks, and Bolts, and Bars? 
My Treasures gone, and with it all my Fears. 

S. S. viduus. 
Decimo Calendas Novembres, 1717. 

Isti quid prosunt, vectes, obicesq\_u~\e Seraeque? 
Deperduntur Opes anxietasque Sim id. 

Stephanus Sewall ex recentibus Harvardinis unus. 


The very Night after my Wife died, my very Worthy 
Son-in-Law Mr. Grove Hirst was taken Sick, died on the 
Lords Day night, and was inter'd on Wednesday Octob r 
30. Wednesday, November Q^ Andrew Belcher Esqr. 
was inter'd. And Wednesday, Nov b . r 13th Dr. John Cut- 
tier was Buried and the next day November 14th. Maj r 
Gen: 1 Winthrop was in tombed. 

Please to accept of the inclosed Memorials, and pardon 
me that I have taken up so much of your time in my pri- 
vate Concern. The desolate Remnant of my Family pre- 
sent their most humble Service to you. My Service to 
Mr. Newman when you present him one of the inclosed 

I am Sir, your most Obedient 

Servant S. Sewall. 


To Mr. Samuel Storke in London, $ James Franklin. 

January 27, 17f|. 

Sir, — I writ to you 8f 29, in behalf of my Cousins Mr. 
Samuel, and Jonathan Sewall. These are to desire you 
to send safely the bundle of Books to Mr. John Storke at 
Rumsey, as directed, that he may disperse them. I have 
written no Letter to him ; you may present my Service 
to him, and pray him to undertake it. If there be any 
expense about it, I will allow it. Accept of the same 
Book yourself, and the Sermons on Majf Genl. Winthrop. 

S. S. 

N. In Rumsey bundle are Six Books. 

Madam Dumer of Swatheling 

Mr. John Storke, 

Cousin Sarah Storke 

Aunt Alice Dumer 

Unkle Nathan! Dumer 

Cousin Nathan! Dumer of Compton. 




Copy of my Speech at Charlestown Jan: 2?, 17|| inst., before giving 
the charge to the Grand- Jury. {Turning toward the Chief Jus- 
tices Empty Seat.) 

The Observable Vacancy in this Court, entirely Renews 
Our Grief; It brings to Eemembrance how the High and 
Mighty Breakers have passed over us, Wave after Wave, 
Wave after Wave, in a most formidable Succession ; By 
which Means Three of the principal Members, and Sup- 
porters of the Government were parted from us; Three 
that in their respective Genius and Capacity, were so very 
Friendly and Serviceable to their Country where they 
were born, that they might well be termed our Necessarij. 
And then they were taken from our little Metropolis, 
when they were most of all needed. This is the cause 
that the worthy Person who used to fill this Seat, and 
fill'd it the last year, ceases to doe so now, whereby this 
Court is bereaved of much of its Strength and Ornament. 
Though he sat long, being Constituted a Judge in the year 
1692, when this Court was first Erected, yet now, being 
sent for up by a certiorari, Our Waitstitt could wait no 
longer. However, survivers ought not to succumb ; but 
rise up with the more earnest Diligence, to discharge the 
Duty of their Places; Seeing the Divine Fountain that 
suplied them, is still Full and Flowing, We ought to Bless 
GOD who continued them so long. And it is a singular 
Honor done to our Excellent Winthrop, the principal 
Founder of this Colony, that he should have a Grand-Son 
born at Boston, and brought up upon his knees, that should 
live to see the Town greatly increased, and in flourishing 
Circumstances; live to see that short space which Nature 
had left open, Regularly Fortified, and to enter in through 
the Gate into the City, just before his triumphant En- 
trance into that City which hath Foundations, whose 


Builder and Maker is GOD. Councillours and Judges, 
though by the Supream Authority called gods, they must 
dye like other men; Pallida mors aequo pede pulsat; 1 It 
behoves them therefore to be Diligent, and Impartial in 
their Proceedings, taking Care to pass such Sentences as 
GOD the Judge of all may Ratify and Confirm. The 
Jurors must be sure so to hear and Consider their Evi- 
dence, as to avoid all Favour and Affection ; that what 
they give in to the Court may be constantly Verum and 
vere Dictum. The Attorneys must always Remember the 
solemn Obligations they are under to the Court, as well 
as to their Clients; The Witnesses, that they speak the 
Truth with all Integrity. The Parties that they behave 
themselves with that Temper and Moderation as becometh 
Men, and Christians ; and beware of disturbing the Court 
with Unseasonable, or Tumultuary Noise and Clamor. 
It behoves all to Remember that the Judgment is the 
LORD's, and to take heed what they doe. 

Gentlemen of the Grand-Jury, Your Return somtimes 
is Omnia bene; which is the Best Return, and most Accept- 
able to the Court, if it be True. For the Court do not 
come with a desire to find Faults; but to prevent and 
Correct them. But if it be Untrue, it becomes a great 
Incumbrance in the way, obstructing the free Course of 
Justice. You are assured that the Lamp of the Body is 
the Eye. And what the Eye is to the natural Body, that 
are you to the County. 

There are Three Things that I would at this Time 
chiefly give you in Charge. One is the keeping up the 
value of the Bills of Credit, by presenting those Enemies 
of Mankind who shall Alter or Counterfiet them. For 
though, through the Blessing of GOD, and the Courage 
and good Conduct of his Excellency our Governour, we 
now enjoy Peace, yet the evil effects of the former war 

1 Hor. Od. I. iv. 13.— Eds. 


ly still heavy upon us; and these Bills are the Only Me- 
dium left us of our Commerce. 

And seeing our Great Lord paramount has in an awfull 
mailer greatly Removed the aboriginal Natives, and planted 
us in their room, we must strenuously and diametrically 
opose our selves to their Evil Maners; particularly, that 
of neglecting the Education of their Children. You must 
therefore look about ye, and see that Schools be duly 
provided, and sutable Masters constantly Maintained; 
and that the Laws relating thereto be not Eluded. 

And you are to see to it that Learned and Orthodox 
Ministers be every where Settled and Suported according 
to mutual Agreement. Canaan is infinitely the best 
Country, wherein are all Friends and no Enemies; all 
Conveniences and no Inconveniences, for perpetuity. 
Without all Controversy, whatever we doe, and wherever 
we goe we should always be Travailing towards Canaan ; 
and they whom we have entertaind as Pilots to guide us 
in our way thither, should be very well provided for. 

If I have taken up more of the Court's time than is 
usual, I hope it will be indulged to me, who am the last 
of the Council left Standing in the Charter ; and the last of 
the Justices left standing in this Court, of those that have 
been of it from the beginning. At least I hope it will for 
this once be born at Charlcstoivn, for which place the Chief 
Justice express'd a peculiar Favour. 


Boston; Octofr 7, 1715. 

Dear and Loving Son, — I do with all tender Con- 
cern for the good of this people Reconiend it to you, that 
you improve all the Interest you can possibly make, to 
secure our Charter Privileges ; and upon mature Deliber- 
ation, my mind and desire is, that if there be any rational 
prospect to preserve these Privileges, you Spare no Money 


to effect it ; and whatever you Spend on this head, place 
to my Account. And if Providence should Honor you to 
be an Instrument to lengthen out the Tranquillity of this 
people, you will upon a Just reflection never repent it. 
And what ever the event may be, I shall lay down my 
head in the Grave in greater peace under this sense, that 
I and mine have laboured to our utmost in this critical 
juncture to serve the Prosperity of our Country. 

Andrew Belcher. 

Extracted out of a large Letter written on behalf of the 


Febr. 5*, l'7£f Sent to the Rev d Mr. Andros of Phil- 
adelphia, The Valley of Baca, Smoking Flax inflamed, the 
Jews of Berlin. 

Dedham, Feb. 8*! 1 . On January 31. Died here Timothy 
Dwight Esqr. in the 88 th year of his Age. He was a per- 
son of very exemplary Holiness, a great Peacemaker : and 
(as God had bless'd him with a considerable estate) much 
given to Hospitality, and always ready to distribute to 
such as were in want. On the 6" 1 current, Died Mrs. 
Bethiah Dwight his wife, and they were both honourably 
Intend together, the Friday following. 


To his Excellency Samuel JShute Esqr. Govr. 

Febr. 11% 17if 

May it please your Excellency, — The day for the 
Nomination of Civil Officers aproaches, and if your Ex- 
cellency shall think it convenient to Nominat me for Chief 
Justice of the Superiour Court, I shall be sensible of your 
Excellency's Favour, and my own further Obligations to 


Gratitude. It comes to pass by the Disposal of Divine 
Soveraignty that I am the last of the Councillours left 
standing in the Charter and the last of the Justices left 
standing in the Superiour Court, of those that were of it 
from the Begining, which was in the year 1692. And 
by reason of the inability of the late hon b ! e Chief Justice 
Winthrop to ride the remoter Circuits, I have frequently 
presided. And whatever may be objected against me, I 
presume it canot be said that I exercised the Presidency 
imoderately or Unfairly. And I hope, as the great Judge 
(for whose sake I was named) said, I may say, Whose 
Ox have I taken? — And that Partiality or Bribery, caliot 
be laid to my Charge. My Father Mr. Henry Sewall was 
a Gentleman sent to New-England b}^ my Grandfather 
Mr. Henry Sewall, in the year 1634, with a plentifull 
estate in Money, Net Cattel, Provisions, and other Things 
requisite for a New Plantation. As to my Keal Estate 
in New-England it is considerable. My own Father gave 
me a Tenement in Hampshire in England, though a very 
small one not yielding above <£20. £ alium. The Author- 
ity of this place as to any Vote, and the Salary, are the 
same with that of any other of the Justices. Although I 
have almost compleated the 66'- year of my Age, yet I 
think I have most constantly attended, and have not 
miss'd Bristol Circuit for more than Twenty years to- 
gether, till last year I was taken off by Sickness. I should 
hardly have had the Confidence to have taken up so 
much of your Excellency's Time in this maher, had I not 
been introduced by Mr. Belcher. If I have trespass'd 
upon the Law of Modesty, it has been to avoid Sullenness. 
Praying Pardon for what is amiss or over much, I take 
leave who am your Excel 8 most humble and obedient 
Serv< S. S. 



To his Exc v . Sam] Shute Esqr., Capt. Gen 1 , and Govr. in Chief in 
and over his Majf Province of the Massachusets Bay, and vice- 
Admiral of the same dbc. 

The Petition of Arthur Savage of Boston late Com- 
mander of the Ship Province Galley, most humbly 

That your petitioner, in T. 1716, filed two Libels in the 
Court of Admiralty ; The one praying that the said Ship 
Province Galley may be subjected to the Payments of all 
Debts, Claims and Demands on account of the said Ship, 
and to indemnify your Petitioner from the same ; who, 
otherwise, by Law was liable to the payment thereof. 
The Other, To ordain the said Ship to reimburse your 
Petitioner such Sums as he laid out and expended for, 
and upon account of the said Ship, according to a Sched- 
ule thereto anex'd : That thereupon his Hon? the Judge 
of that Court pronounced two Decrees in favour of your 
Petitioner. But Mess rs Oulton and Waldo, who were f- 
Owners of the said Ship, obtaining two Prohibitions from 
the Honourable the Judges of the Sup r Court, Your Pe- 
titioner was thereby defeated of the benefit and advantage 
of the said Decrees. And the said Oulton and Waldo not 
therewith content, in frustrating your Petitioner of his 
just Demands, But having also prepared two Bills of 
Costs upon the said Prohibitions, which have already been 
examined by the Clerk of the Court from whence the 
same proceeded, and which Bills now ly before his Hon' 
Judge Sewall to Tax the same, Thereby intend to take 
out Execution thereon, and compell your Petitioner to the 
payment thereof. All which Actings and Doings of the 
said Oulton and Waldo your Petitioner is advised, is con- 
trary to the Laws Comon and Marine, and without Pre- 
cedent. And forasmuch as your Petitioner is thereby 
greatly Oppressed, and Remidyless in the Premises, by 


reason of the different Opinions each Court respectively 
have of their Jurisdiction ; And as your Excellency, under 
his Majestie, is the fountain of Justice within this 

Your Petitioner therefore most humbly Prays your Ex- 
cellency to Stay the said Oulton and Waldo's Proceedings 
on the said Costs till such Time as the Legality thereof 
may be determined at home ; Or otherwise redress your 
Petitioner in the Premises as in your Excellency's great 
Wisdome shall seem meet — And your Petitioner (as in 
Duty bound) shall ever pray &c. 

A? Savage. 

Boston, February 18*, 17J}. 

A true copy compared with the original received of his 
Excel y in Mr. Boydell's Office, Feb. 19, 17j|, between 11 
and 12 before Noon. S. S. 


Boston, Feb. 28* 17jf 
Col. Stephen Minott. 

Sir, — In the first place I crave your Excuse and of the 
rest of the Overseers, that you should take the pains to 
come to my House lately. 1 desired to speak with you ; 
but I would readily have waited upon you at any place 
appointed. What the Committee seemd then to intend 
to do, is very gravaminous to me ; and I would pray you 
to deliberate a while, before you proceed to a final deter- 
mination to exclude Mr. Hirst's Children out of their Pew 
in your Meeting house. Their Grandfather with others, 
was Instrumental to save the House when in danger of 
being burn'd down. And many of greater Estates have 
not shewn the regard to their Pastors that Mr. Hirst has 
(lone in his Will. Yesterday in my Private Exercises I 
read in course the third Chapter of Jonah, And in the 
Evening I sung in course in the family the first part of 
the 94 th Psalm. I would that N. Eng' 1 ! Churches may 


keep far off: from the Crimes their [there] Censured. No 
Instance has been alledg'd but that of Duncan Campbel ; 
which doth not satisfy me ; for I think he died Insolvent ; 
and probably his widow might relinquish her Pew rather 
then be held to Contribution. Neither do I know at what 
time the Pue was sold. Me thinks the Shipwreck' d Or- 
phans might be indulg'd for one Year to Mourn for their 
Sorrowfull Bereavements, and that in their Father's Pue. 
'Tis pity methinks, you should be under the Temptation 
of selling them for a few Bills of Discredit. I hope you 
will not blame me, if as their Father and Guardian, I am 
against parting with the Seat, so long as I can fairly hold 
it. My long and intimate Acquaintance with you Em- 
boldens me in this Address ; which I desire may be com- 
municated to the rest of the Gentlemen concern'd, if you 
see it convenient. Thanking you for Caressing me when 
at George Town, I take leave who am Sir your humble 
Serv:t. Samuel Sewall. 

It would be no Gain to go out of Gods Blessing into 
the warm Sun. But I shall not presume to judge you in 
any thing. 


To the Reo d . 31r. Thomas Cotton at his House in Maiden-head Street 
near great Mussel- Street, SI Giles's, London. 

March 11, YJ\\. 

Sir, — Yours under covert of his Exc? Gov? Shute was 
deliverd me the Tenth current. I went the same day, 
and deliverd your Letter to Madam Usher with my own 
hand — If I can any way serve your Interest, you may 
be Assured of my Friendship. Any Injury done to Madam 
Cotton, I should be griev'd at it as if done to my own 
daughter. I hope mine to you of Dec? 31 is received 
before now. The Mortality of Boston this year has been 
very great, 451. I could not read it without Tears, con- 
sidering the publick and my own privat Interests therein. 


The last year has cancel'd many ancient Obligations. 
Abraham Jones — Same post that brought your Letter, 
brought the K. Speach to the Parliam* Nov r 21. S. S. 


To Madam Bridget Usher. 

April 1, 1718. 

Madam, — I have read your Excellent Booke, with 
pleasure and Profit, and therefore must needs carefully 
return it, with Thanks for the Loan. The Treatise was 
the more gratefull to me for being dedicated to your hon- 
oured Sister Madam Tryphena Grove ; which calls to mind 
the desirable entertainment I had at her house in Devon- 
shire Square, by Mr. Mence's Exercises ; and sets before 
me your own charming Daughter Madam Bridget Cotton, 
whom you left in London, where she is become a fruitfull 
vine by the sides of the house of her worthy Husband. 
Her beauty and her fruitfullness joind together render 
her very amiable. The Fruit of the Womb is a Reward, 
the Reward of the LORD. And therefore when Parents 
lay up for, and lay out upon their Children, it is a most 
convenient Expression of their Gratitude to GOD the 
Giver of them. Madam, pardon the presumption of my 
taking upon me to be a Remembrancer to you in behalf 
of Dr. Hoar's Daughter and Heir. Nay I trust it must be 
exceeding acceptable to you to meet with the Mention of 
such Lovely Names, being really a Confluence with your 
own Benignity always fresh and flourishing towards them. 
Now that upon all Reckonings, we are come to the begin- 
ning of a New year, I wish it may be a good and Joyfull 
one to you. Pray Madam, when you write to London, 
present my Service to Mr. Cotton and his Lady, and to 
Madam Grove. I am Madam your most humble Ser- 
vant. S. S. 



To the Rev d Mr. Solomon Stoddard, April 3, 1718, in 
answer to his of Nov r 15-30, 1717. Sent <p Mr. Salter; 
By whom I sent Calvin on the Psalms to Mr. Isaac 
Chauncy of Hadly. 

To Mr. Edward Taylor inclosing one of Mr. Hirst's 
Books. Inundation in Holland. April 21, 1718. 


To Major Thomas How at Marlborough. 

June 21, 1718. 

Several Persons apply to me to mow my Meadow near 
Worcester, whom I know not, and am ready to forget 
who they are, or what I have said to them. I therefore 
desire and order you, living much nearer the place, to 
Let it out for me, and take the Rent of them for me : In 
doing which you will oblige Sir, 

vour friend and Serv* Samuel Sewall. 




Hon ble Gentlemen, — You were pleased the last year 
to send to the Church in Medfield to dismiss their Rev* 
Pastor, to go and instruct the Eastward Indians ; which 
they could not see any Call to doe, for the Reasons then 
given. And then your Honors were pleas'd to send a 
second time, desiring them to dismiss him for Six Moneths 
time ; that there might be an Experiment made in that 
Affair. And to gratify your Honors, and the Design, the 
church dismiss'd him for Six Moneths; which prov'd to 


be about Nine Moneths; which was uncomfortable; in 
that the Ordinances of Christ could not be administered 
as they should have been. And now your Honors are 
pleased this year, to send to the church in Medfield again, 
to dismiss their said Pastor for the said Service. The 
Letter was comunicated to the Church on the 20 th cur- 
rent, and left for further Consideration, untill the next 
Sabbath. And when that came, the Letter was com- 
municated again, and the matter debated. And although 
the Church are willing to gratify your Honors, and the 
Design, so far as they can see Reason or Religion call for ; 
yet considering the general Content and Satisfaction of 
the church and Town with their present Pastor ; and also 
the Difficulty, Trouble, and Charge in getting and Set- 
tleing another, and also the smallness of the Town, which 
is now become one of the least Towns in the Province, 
and by reason thereof not so capable of going through 
such a Change : 

All which considered, the Church see no Call of GOD, 
to dismiss their Rever d Pastor, Mr. Joseph Baxter. It 
was put to Vote, and there was not one of the Church, 
that Voted to dismiss him. 

Your Honors most humble Servants 

Sam l Barbur, 

Medfield, July 29, 1718. Sam l RoCKETT. 

To Samuel Sewall Esqr. in Boston. 

Sir, be pleased to communicat the inclosed to the Gentle- 
men that Sign'd with your self. 


To Mr. Leverett. 

XT, 4, 1718. 

Rev d Sir, — I have a very considerable Account to 
make up with Mr. Simeon Stoddard Treasurer of the 
Trustees; and he calls upon me to do it. For this end 


I greatly want the Hundred pounds I Lent you Aug* 12, 
1715, which you promised to pay by the Ninth of Decem- 
ber next following. I pray you therefore, that it may be 
paid at or before the Ninth of this Inst. Dec? without fail. 
Whatsoever may be due to you from the Trustees, there 
is more than enough in the Treasury to discharge it. I 
am Sir, your friend and most humble Serv' S. S. 

Reverend Sir, — I have heard nothing from you since 
my sending to you the above- written. Pray Sir, let the 
Answer now be in a speedy performance of your Promise, 
which I have under your hand. I find it too burdensome 
to me, to have great Accounts ly open and unsettled. It 
is Necessary that they be finished, in order to my obtain- 
ing an Acquitance. -Non respondere, est contemner e. 

Sir, your real friend and most humble Serv! S. S. 

Boston ; Febr. 17, Yl\\. 

Gave this to Col. Spencer Phips, Monday, Feb. 23, to 
give to the President. 

memoranda of letters. 

March 26. 1719. Writ to Mr. Edward Taylor of West- 
field, inclosing Mr. White's Sermon of Secret Prayer. 
Our Select-men, Moderator. — If the Towns should 
chuse Representatives that would study to run counter 
to the Gov r , it might be of very evil Consequence to 
the Province. 

To the Eev d Mr. Samuel Mather of Windsor, April 2, 
1719, inclosing Mr. Prince and Dr. Mather's Ordination 
Sermons, Mr. White of Secret Prayer, Dr. Mather's New- 
years day. Sent p Mr. Ebenezer Fitch. 

VOL. II. —7 



To the Church and Town of Bristol at their Meeting, this 21. of 

May, 1719. 

Whereas it hath pleased the most Righteous GOD, in 
the ways of his justifiable Providence, for his greater 
Glory, and my further humiliation, to make it my pres- 
ent Duty to acknowledge and confess unto you what I 
trust, I have humbly and penitentially grieved for before 
GOD ; who as he is a Witness as well of my miscarriages, 
as repentances, so do I also trust, that through Jesus 
Christ he hath forgiven my Sins ; the evidences whereof, 
it is mine, and I hope will be your prayers to God for 
me, that they may be made daily clearer and clearer, 
and that He will administer Grace to keep me from 
future follies. 

I do therefore with the utmost Confusion and Grief, 
for those youthfull follies, some of which God is causing 
me to repossess, and for all which there are bitter things 
written against me, Acknolege that Mrs. Deborah Cushing 
(now Loring) hath, by my ungarded carriage, the oppor- 
tunity of charging me with folly in behaviour, for which 
as I am sorry she hath aggravated the same, so that I 
ever [I] gave her occasion so to do ; for that I intended 
her no actual abuse 

That Mrs. Sarah Jacobs has added to, and aggravated 
(what she ought not) in her Charge, as it is most true, 
so is it also, if my Language in her Company has been 
Lascivious and unbecoming ; for which I have been, and 
yet remain grieved. 

I am wronged in being called Intemperate ; though I 
have reason to look back w T ith sorrow upon my self for 
loving company, and using too much Unreservedness in 
it, for my want of prudence in the choice of my conver- 
sants; and my prodigality in spending precious time. 


I am called a Deceiver, for that my Credentials are 
suspected as to their authentick validity, and want of 
due form. For the form, I cant tell whether it will 
agree with theirs that suspect it; for that I kno[w] of 
no set or prescript form used in such case : As to their 
validity, I kno[w] not where to state or found it other- 
wise than in the brests of men : But as to their verity 
and truth, however unworthy I was, yet was I thought 
worthy of a testimonial, which I brought with me from 
Ireland to this country ; as I hope will in time more fully 
and clearly appear. 

I never framed, nor formed, nor forged any credentials. 
I confess I had my testimonials transcribed by a Gentle- 
man I have not concealed. And though I am sorry that 
I had ; yet, for that I judge it no Crime ; so I hope none 
will misimprove it against me. 

It were too endless a task for you, as well as impossi- 
ble for me, to enumerat my faults and failings from my 
youth up, untill now : for they'r grown over my head, 
and like the host of heaven for number ; they encompass 
me, and are every day before me ; where, I hope, they 
will remain untill I am effectually made inimical to them, 
and duly humbled for them. 

I am deeply concerned for the present difficulties and 
Disappointments of this Church and Town, and humbled 
before God, I hope, for my being, in any degree, contribu- 
tary to 'em. I Beg your Compassions towards me ; your 
Pity and forgiveness ; your earnest prayers to the father 
Df mercies, to extend them to me. I shall not need to 
put you in mind of the Bowels there is required in you ; 
aor of the dangerous nature of Surmises and Jealousies 
ihat from many have been the portion of my bitter cup 
)f late. I shall, assuring my self of the great Measures 
)f that pityfull and compassionate heart, yerning and for- 
giving Spirit of Christ, which I have abundant reason to 
)elieve is in you, Rely on your Candor; assuring my self 


that you will pray earnestly jointly and a part for me : 
Conclude with a hearty advice to you to search every one 
their heart ; to submit patiently unto GOD ; to wait upon 
Him in the way of Duty, especially Prayer ; to endeavour 
and seek after Peace and Unanimity, to be of the same 
heart and mind in the Lord, and pursue the Gainest 
means thereunto. And may Christ the great Doctor of 
his Church who only teacheth to profit, give you that 
wisdom which may direct you to such measures as he 
himself will succeed you in. And I doubt not but the 
good Shepherd will hear your voice and restore you to 
the Reinjoyment of the sweet fruits of his Garden : To 
whom concredit and give your selves up, and he will 
feed you who now dwell solitarily. Which is the earnest 
prayer and heart's desire of your unworthy, sorrowfull, 
but sincere servant in all the bonds of Christian Duty 
and Affection. James M c Sparran. 

[N. B.] Copyed out for Mr. S. Danforth, July 3, 1719. 

The Account lately received from Barnstable, and Ply- 
mouth, in favour of the Rev? Mr. James M c Sparran, being 
read in publick Town-meeting, together with our own 
Experience of his good Conversation during his abode in 
this Town ; and his humble Christian deportment under the 
present afflictive providence, with his ready acknowledge- 
ment of his ungarcled conversation in times past, with his 
earnest desire under his hand, which hath been now read, 
to be reconciled to the Church of Christ, and the good 
people of the Town of Bristol ; Demands our Christian 
Compassion in the exercise of that fervent Charity, which 
covers the multitude of Sins. We do in Duty, as well 
as affection declare our hearty forgiveness of all his past 
miscarriages; and that we do receive him as our Brother 
in the Lord ; humbly depending upon the boundless 
Mercy and Compassion of our most gracious GOD, through 
the Merits of our blessed Redeemer the Lord Jesus Christ, 


for pardon and acceptance. We most earnestly desire 
that all Christian people, referring to this our dear and 
Rev? Brother Mr. James M c Sparran, would put on Char- 
ity, which is the bond of perfectness ; and then all scan- 
dalous Reports that have been spread abroad, will, as 
they ought to be buried in Oblivion. 

Bristol ss. May 21, 1719. At a full Town-Meeting, 
the above written being distinctly read in the Town Meet- 
ing, and People being asked whether they had any Objec- 
tion against it, or any part of it ; It was unanimously 
Voted in the Affirmative, as the mind of the Town ; no 
one objecting after the Vote was called, except Col. 
Paine. Attest Sam l Howland Town-Clerk. 

A true Copy Attested Samuel Howland Town-Clerk. 

[N. B.] Transcribed June 10, 1719, £ S. S. 


The poorest Boys and Girls within this Province, such 
as are of the lowest condition ; whether they be English, 
or Indians, or Ethiopians, They have the same Eight to 
Keligion and Life, that the Richest Heirs have. 

And they who go about to deprive them of this Right, 
they attempt the bombarding of HEAVEN: and the 
Shells they throw, will fall down upon their own heads. 

Mr. Justice Davenport : 

Sir, — Upon your desire, I have sent you these Quota- 
tions, and my own Sentiments. I pray GOD, the Giver 
and Guardian of Life, to give his gracious Direction to 
you, and the other Justices, and take leave, who am your 
brother and most humble Servant 

Samuel Sewall. Boston; July 20, 1719. 

I inclosed also the Selling of Joseph, and my Extract 
out of the Athenian Oracle. 

To Addington Davenport Esq r - <#c, going to Judge Sam 1 . Smith of 
Sandwich for killing his Negro. 



To Mr. Jn° Williams of Dearfield. Sept r 4, 1719, in- 
closing Elisa. Butcher. 

To Mrs. Hannah Beamon at Dearfield, Augt. 4, 1719, 
in Answer to hers, inclosing Mr. Mitchel's Letter to his 
Brother David. 

To Mr. Samuel Moodey of York, 7 r 15, 1719— inclosing 
the two Letters he sent me to read. Sent a Copy of the 
10 th paragraph of the Ecclesiastical Laws of the Massachu- 
sets Colony, p. 44. Hanah's Sickness, and desire of 
Prayers &c. 


To the Hon bl . e William Dumer Esqr. at Newbury, g Col. Dudley. 

8* 12 th , 1719. 
Hon d - Sir, — These are to tender you my Thankfull 
Acknowledgment for your great Kindness, and the Kind- 
ness of Madam Dummer and your family to my daughter 
Judith, especially in her late Sickness at your house. Her 
Fits of the Ague that were doubled, and returned every 
day, had left her before my coming to her, which was 
Thorsday, 8r 1. The next Monday, 8 r 5 th the weather 
being Severe, by the help of your Calash, I remov'd her 
to her Cousin Hale's, which I would have be her Home, 
till her coining to Boston. I did not know what Com- 
pany might arrive with you, requiring the apartments of 
your house. And I reckond it most convenient for her 
to be with her nearest Relation. Mr. Gerrish has shewed 
me the honour you have done the Company's Bill of Ex- 
change, in subscribing your Acceptance. I dined with the 
Court last Friday, where many express'd their dislike of 
the Lotteries practised of late, as differing little from 


Gaming for Money; and as being really pernicious to 
Trade. Taking notice of no less than four Lotteries in 
the inclosed News-Letter, I would propound it to Consid- 
eration, whether it will not be expedient to put some stop 
to the progress of it ? 

Your Hon r . s humble and obedient Serv* S. S. 

To Dr. Increase Mather, $ Thorn. Hancock. 

Nov 1 : 10, 1719. 

Rev? Sir, — Remembring your Love to the Publick, 
and my self, I ask your Acceptance of the inclosed Ring 
as a Token of Thankfullness and Respect from 

Sir, your obliged friend, and most humble Serv! 

S. S. 

[N. The Ring was 3 d wt and 12 Grains; cost £. 1. 15-6. 
in Bills of Credit.] 

[Poesy was, — et a?nando, et amarefatendo}'] 


Tofts in Essex, May 15, 1719. Directed To the Hon b -l- e 
Mr. Dummer. Ad: Davenport Tho: Hutchinson Ion. 
Dows Adam Winthrop, P. Dudley, J. Gushing, Sam 11 
Browne, Nath. Payne, Tho: Fitch, Penn Townsend, Jn? 
Appleton, J Higginson, Sam 11 Partridge, Edw? Bromfield, 
Sam 1 . 1 Sewall and Jonat: Belcher Esqrs. 


To the Bev d . Mr. Timothy Woodbridge of Hartford. 

Febr. 1, 17££. 

I could not effect what was desired, and therefore was 
kept back from writing. Mr. Bayly's estate is so far in- 

1 See Vol. I. 415. — Eds. 


solvent, that it yields but 7* 7 d J in the pound. Mr. Lamb | 
of Roxbury often solicited; yet he could no more stem 
the Tide than creditors living at a Distance. Thank you J 
and Madam Woodbridge for your Letters, and for Kind- 
ness at Hartford ; the Remembrance of which is a Recre- 
ation to me. Inclosed Dr. Cotton Mather's Sermon of 
the 5^ 9 r , the first Lecture I and my new-married wife 
heard together — She carries it tenderly, and is very 
helpfull to me, my Children, and Grand-Children. Pray 
for us ! My Brother Moodey's only Son married Mr. 
Hale's brother's daughter, last December. The introduc- 
tion of Mr. Thacher at the New North last Wednesday, 
was accompanied with Lamentable Tumult and Confusion. 1 
Though many churches were sent to, only Mr. Thacher 
of Milton, and Mr. Chiever of Rumney-Marsh acted : As 
to the Phaenomenon December 11 th , Mr. Caryl distin- 
guishes well ; we ought to be warnd, and awakend ; not 
dismayed by such Appearances. Inclosed Merrimak 2 dry'd 
up, with the occasion of it. The remembrance of your 
going into the Waters of Merrimak near Pike's pond, will 
render them not ingratefull to you. Inclosed 6. of Mr. 
Hobart's printed verses ; Albas prcecinuit, 8 voce mihi nulla f nit, 
was the occasion of them. He wisely tells us our Duty ; 
let us mutually pray for one another, that GOD would 
inable us to do it. Condol'd the death of Mr. James 
Noyes, Mr. Joseph Gerrish, 4 Mr. Justice Jewit, Newman 5 
all four, Old Charter men. The Lord fit me for my 
Time ! 

Sent p Jonathan Center. 

1 See Sewall's Diary, III. 242, note.— Eds. 

2 See Sewall's Diary, III. 240, 279, 283. — Eds. 

8 Mr. John White, prrccentor. See Vol. I. 315, note. — Eds. 
4 See Sewall's Diary, III. 239, note. — Eds. 
6 See Sewall's Diary, III. 240, note. —Eds. 



To Mr. Edward Taylor, inclosing Dr. C. Mather's Sermons of 

Nov: 5, and Dec: 31, 1719. 

Febr. 16, 17, 17Jf. 

Writ about his Meetinghouse. After two such Vows, 
it may be dangerous to make Inquiry. It is impossible 
for a man to be a loser by denying himself, taking up his 
Cross and following Christ. You will say of your little 
old wife the Congregation of Westfield 

Gonjux crede mihi, si te quoque collis hahebit, 
Te sequar ascendens, et me quoque collis hahebit. 

Sent an Extract of Mr. Mitchell's Letter to his cousin 
Priestly Nov? 19, 1646. — Mr. Hobart's Verses — Node 
viator. — May God graciously govern and calm your 
Spirits ! 

My dear Colleague, and Chamberfellow, and Bedfel- 
low ! * I have lost many of my Organs of Music ; my 
Fore-Teeth, both uper and nether. May we industriously 
help one another along to the Eegions of Light and Love, 
where there will be no Sleeping, no Sinning, no Sorrow- 
ing. So prays, and desires to be prayd for, Sir, your ever 
loving friend and humble Serv* S. S. 


To be Bought 

Curtains and Vallens for a Bed, with Counterpane, 
Head-Cloth and Tester, of good yellow waterd worsted 
camlet, 2 with Triming, w T ell made : and Bases, if it be the 

A good fine large Chintz Quilt well made. 

1 Sewall and Taylor were classmates at Harvard College. Sewall's Diary, 
III. 388. See also Ibid. II. 352, note, for a letter from Sewall to Taylor. — 

2 Send also of the same Camlet and Triming, as may be enough to make 
Cushions for the Chamber Chairs. 


A True Looking Glass of black Walnut Frame of the 
newest Fashion (if the Fashion be good), as good as can 
be bought for five or six pounds. 

A second Looking Glass as good as can be bought for 
four or Five pounds, same kind of frame 

A Duzen of good black Walnut Chairs, fine Cane, with 
a Couch. A Duzen of Cane Chairs of a different figure, 
and a great Chair, for a Chamber ; all black Walnut. 

One Bell-mettal Skillet of two Quarts : one ditto one Quart 

One good large Warming Pan bottom and Cover fit for 
an Iron handle. 

Four pair of strong Iron Dogs with Brass heads, about 
five or six shillings a pair. 

A Brass Hearth for a Chamber, with Dogs, Shovel, 
Tongs and Fender of the newest Fashion, (the Fire is 
to ly upon Iron). 

A strong Brass Mortar, that will hold about a Quart, 
with a Pestle. 

Two pair of large Brass sliding Candlesticks, about four 
shillings a pair. 

Two pair of large Brass Candlesticks, not sliding, of the 
newest Fashion, about five or six shillings a pair. 

Four Brass Snuffers, with stands. 

Six small strong Brass Chafing-dishes, about four Shil- 
lings a-piece. 

One Brass basting Ladle ; one larger Brass Ladle. 

One pair of Chamber Bellows with Brass Noses. 

One small Hair Broom sutable to the Bellows. 

One Duzen of large hard-mettal Pewter Plates, new 
Fashion weighing about fourteen pounds. 

One Duzen hard-mettal Pewter Porringers. 

Four Duzen of small Glass Salt-cellars, of white glass, 
Smooth, not wrought, and without a foot. 

And if there be any Money over, send a piece of fine 
Cambrick, and a Beam of good Writing Paper. 

A Duzen of good Ivory-hafted Knives and Forks. 


,«- n t c n Boston, N. E., Feb. 20, 17**. 

Mr. Sam l Storke, and *° 

Loving Cousin, — I thank you for yours of the 11^ 
June last, and the Prints. As you then gave me an Ac- 
count of His Majesties imbarking for Holland that day ; 
so I hope in your next you" certify me of His safe Re- 
turn, and prosperous Reign. I intreat you to endeavour, 
that the severals mentioned on the other side, may be 
well bought. They are for my daughter Judith. Pro- 
vide a well-made Trunk to put them in, and cover it. 
Though the Case-knives be the last mentioned, I would 
not have you fail sending them ; a Duz Forks, and a Duz 
Knives. Your undertaking this Trouble for my young- 
est Child, will be very obliging. I will write a Letter to 
Mr. John Storke of Rumsey, to furnish you w T ith Money. 
My eldest Son buried his only Child, October last; Her 
name was Hannah, a very pleasant Child near ten years 
old. My Son the Minister buried his Joseph last Sum- 
mer, a few weeks old. His Samuel is a very desirable 
Child; was born the 2 d of May, 1715. Mr. Hirst's Chil- 
dren are all well : Sam. is a Freshman at the College. 
Cousin Carter follows his Business steadily and well. I 
hope I shall receive an account of the Fruitfullness of 
your Vine. I would have you send what I write for, by 
the first good Ship that you can conveniently. I am Sir, 
your loving Kinsman, and humble Servt S. S. 

Item a good Box-Iron to Iron with. 
Sent |) Capt. Willia Brown. 


To Mr. John Storke at Rumsey. 

Febr. 20, 17JJ. 

Mr. John Storke and loving Cousin, — I have ear- 
nest occasion to have a little Houshold Goods bought; 


and have sent to Mr. Samuel Storke of London to do it 
for me : I would therefore have you furnish him with 
Fifty pounds Money; or what more you may have of 
mine in your hands, to inable him. And please to send 
me how Accounts stand between us. The Memorandums 
to be bought, are for my daughter Judith, my youngest 
child ; and I would have you not to fail my Expectation, 
and hers. I again entred into a married state, the 29 th of 
8 r last; Have a Gentlewoman that is very kind to me, 
and my Children, and Grand-Children. My service to 
Madam Dumer of Swath] ing, to my Cousin Mrs. Sarah 
Storke your Sister, and to her Husband ; To my Aunt 
Dumer the ancient Widow of Bishop-Stoke ; to my Unkle 
Mr. Nathanael Dumer of Stoke, to my Cousin of Compton, 
and all my dear Relations as named. Desiring prayers, I 
rest Sir, vour loving Cousin and humble Servant 

S. S. 

Cousin Carter follows his Business steadily, and well. 

Sent p Capt. William Brown. 


To 3Ir. Agent Dummer. 

Febr. 23, Yl\\. 

Sir, — I am oblig'd by your Favour of the 21 July 1718. 
The Letter, and the Political State inclosed ; which I re- 
ceived the following October. By which you will see that 
I am not cured of my faulty dilatoriness in writing. It 
has pleased GOD to continue me in health, and my family, 
in a good measure. My Son the Minister, his little Joseph 
died Aug fc 18, 1719, being a day or two above a Moneth 
old. His Samuel is a very likely child, born May 2, 1715. 
Hannah Sewall the fifth and only child left of my eldest 
Son, died October 21, 1719. I boarded her in Town to 
goe to School : She went home with her Mother to Brook- 
lin upon a Visit, and there fell sick of a Fever, and died, 


which puts the family into deep Mourning. She was a 
very pleasant Child, wanted a little of being full Ten years 
old. How criminal shall I be, who have buried Ten Chil- 
dren, and Ten Grand-children, If I myself should be found 
unready to put off my earthly tabernacle ! Pray that I 
may be ready! October 29, 1719, I again entred into a 
married estate ; married Mrs. Abigail Tilly Widow. Her 
maiden name was Melyen. I married her to her first hus- 
band Mr. James Woodmansy, May 17, 1686, by whom she 
had a daughter and a Son, who both died. The Son was 
a very fine scholar, near Ten years old, and was much la- 
mented by Mr. Willard his Pastor, and by Mr. Chiever his 
Master, as well as by the Relations, and others. By Mr. 
Tilly she had no children. She is very kind to me, and 
to my four children, and Six Grand-children ; is in the 
54^ year of her Age ; was born at Elizabeth Town, in the 
Jersyes, of a Dutch Father and English Mother eminently 
Vertuous. My daughter Hanah has been confind to her 
Chamber 14 moneths by reason of her maimed knee. My 
daughter Judith, whose Birth I mentiond to you when re- 
siding in Holland ; Mr. William Cooper asks her in mar- 
riage : I desire your Blessing for them both. And now I 
ask your pardon, that I have taken up so much of your 
Time in my domestick Concerns. Yet they take me not 
off from being affected with grief, that the Quadruple Al- 
liance 1 sticks so long in the Birth. I thank you heartily 
for the effectual care you took to prevent the passing the 
Bill that was to forbid our making of Iron. 'Twas one 
principal article of the forlorn Condition, our Aborigines 
were in, that they wanted the use of Iron : And to deprive 
the Planters of it, would be to reduce them to the Miseries 
of the Iron Age. There is an unhappy Controversy be- 
tween the English, and the Kenebeck Indians, about the 

1 The triple contract between Great Britain, France, and Austria, entered 
into at London, August 2, 1718, was afterwards agreed to by Holland, Feb- 
ruary 16, 1719. — Eds. 


Bounds of their Lands. 1 I earnestly intreat you to find 
out some way to bring it about, that plain and Certain 
Bounds of Rivers, Rocks, and Mountains may be agreed 
on, and fixed between them. For the Planters only to 
say to them, " We will possess what is ours; and you shall 
possess what is yours;" without telling them expressly 
what that is; seems to me altogether inconvenient; and 
has a natural tendency to breed another Indian War, 
which may make prodigious Havock of Lives and Estates. 
Prevent it I beseech you ! I some years ago hinted it to 
Sir William Ashhurst, who seemed to approve of it. There 
seems to be the greater Necessity of doing something of 
this nature ; because they earnestly desired it when his 
Excellency was at Arowsick in August 1717, and pro- 
pounded it in their Phrase, We ivill cat off oar Lands, men- 
tioning how. If their proposal of a Line was not agreed 
to by us, we should have proposd a Line ; which was not 
done. And now we are to be at the Charge of a Party of 
Fifty armed Men to keep them in aw, and prevent their 
Depredations. Excuse my length ; I can't but Speak, 
fearing the Calamity that may hapen to the Province. 
His Excellency the Governour, and his Honour the Lieut 
Governour were very well, and in Council to day. Mr. 
Joseph Sewall coming in while I was writing, presents his 
humble Service to you, as does also my wife. I am, Sir, 
your most humble and most obedient Servant S. S. 


To Mr. Samuel Storke Feb. 26, 17£fl, desiring him to 
buy four handsom Glass Sconces to set Candles in, refer- 
ring to my former Letter of Feb. 20. 

Feb. 2G, 17.]g. Writ to Sister Northend wishing the 
Parents and Grandparents Joy of Cousin Edna Pickard's 

1 There are several references in the Diary to the trouble with the French 
and Indians under Father Ralle. — Eds. 


being brought to Bed about a Moneth agoe. Mr. Cooper 
and Judith like to be published next Thorsday. Inclosed 
a Sermon for her of Dr. Mather, preachd Dec! 31. and 
another for Brother Moodey. Gave Hobson the bearer 
one, who was very thankf all. 


To Dr. Cotton Mather. 

March 1, 17£f 

Sir, — Your obliging Letter of the 22*- of Dec r last, I 
received the next day: but one [remove] after another 
hindred my answering, till now. I am truly sensible that 
I am the greatest loser by any interruption there has been 
of our most agreeable Conversation ; and therefore ear- 
nestly desire that the causes of Interruption may be 

And the proper way to obtain freedom from this per- 
plexing Administration (wherein I sympathise with you) 
is to bring in an Account of what has been Receiv'd, and 
paid to A-B-C-D. The express Sums with the Vouch- 
ers ; as also what the managers of the affair propose to 
have allowed them for their Riward ; which I see not yet 
done. To this end I have desired Mr. Boydell to assist in 
drawing up the Administration Account in form ; which 
he is ready to doe. I very much desire that this may be 
done with all convenient Expedition ; for your sake, and 
for the Orphans, and my own. Nine Moneths of the 
fourth year are now Spent, since the Letters of Admin- 
istration were taken out. 

A visitation of Mr. Williams's School is intended to 
morrow at three a-clock after Noon. I pray you to afford 
your Assistance. If you please to be at Mr. Gerrish's 
Shop, I will wait upon you there. Please to bring with 
you such Ministers as you see good. 

Am glad that the Testimony to the Congregational 


Principles is finished ; that the practise of the Churches 
may be conformd thereunto. I am Sir, your humble 
Serv^ S. S. 


To Thomas Noyes Esqr. March 7, 17-|-# , Presenting him 
with Mr. Adams's Funeral Sermon on the Reverend Mr. 
James Noyes ; Condoling our Loss of him ; Congratulating 
his living so long desired, and dying Lamented. Pre- 
sented Service to Mrs. Rebekah Knight, Mrs. William 
Noyes. Let us pray for each other. I miss you at the 
Council Board. Let me have your Sentiments whether 
we ought not to state a Line between the English and 
Kenebeck Indians who movd for it when the Governour 
was at Arowsick, 1717. We should do all that lies in us 
to prevent the prodigious Havock of Lives and Estates, 
which probably will be made if another Indian War coin- 
ence. Inclosed 4. orders of the Fast. S. S. 

To Thomas Noyes Esqr. March 25, 1720, accompanying 
the Statutes at large printed in the year 1684, which I 
send to him for the use of Newbury Court. [I bought 
the Book of Mr. Newton.] You will find much pleasant 
and profitable Reading in it. Condoled the death of 
Judge Higginson. 1 S. S. 

The Book is sewed up in Linen, and comitted to Cousin 
John Gerrish, with the Letter. 


To Mr. John Woodbriclge, Schoolmaster at Newbury. 

March 25, 1720. 

Sir, — To hear of the lessening of your Salary, was 
a displeasure to me. But to see the invitation of your 
excellent Unkle the Reverend Mr. Thomas Parker, was 

1 See Sewall's Diary, III. 247. — Eds. 


very delightf ull ; in that you avoided taking any thing 
of the Children lest you should discourage the Parents 
from sending them to School. This was the Guise of my 
ever honoured Master. It was Dr. Harris's noble Instruc- 
tion to his Sons, that they should be more concernd for 
Work, than for Wages ! Accept of the inclosed £ 5 Bill 
of Credit, with my desires that GOD would strengthen 
and Stablish you in your very Usefull Employment. I 
am, Sir, your friend and Serv* S. S. 

Sent p John Gerrish. 


To Capt. Nathan 1 . Oliver promising to Repay (9r. 20. 1718), 

Next week. 

Sir, — The above-written is a Copy of the Keceipt you 
gave me, containing your promise of Repayment ; Since 
which time, Seventy weeks have run out, and I neither 
see, nor hear any thing from you. My present want of 
Money puts me upon telling you so ; and desiring that 
you would Speedily restore to me that which through 
your Importunity was so long agoe Lent to you. S. S. 

Boston: April 1, 1720. 


We the Subscribers the Heirs and Successours of the 
Purchasers of the Pettaquamscutt Purchase in Kingstown 
in the Narraganset in the Colony of Rhode-Island, having 
laid out and sequestred a certain tract of land there for 
the use of the Ministry and support of Religion in Kings- 
town aforesaid, as it has been and is now practised in the 
first Churches in Boston according to the Congregational 
or Presbyteral Way; which Tract of land has been and 
is still known by the Name of the Ministerial Lott or ffarm ; 
and was under the Care and Improvement of the Rever- 
end Mr. Samuel Niles (now of Brantrey) when he preached 



at the said Kingstown, and hath since been leased by him 
to James Bundy of Kingstown aforesaid ; But forasmuch 
as we are given to understand that he doth not forward 
the good End designed; 

We Do therefore (reposing special Trust and Confidence 
In our Friend Rowse Helms of Kingstown aforesaid Esq r ) 
Commit the Care and Management of the said Ministerial 
Farm unto him the said Rowse Helms, desireing him to do 
what in him lyes to prosecute and pursue all such methods 
as he thinks will best answer our first Intentions of setling 
a Minister and promoting the Interest of Religion, accord- 
ing to the way or Manner aforesaid. As Wittness our! 
hands and Seals the twenty-fifth day of June, Anno Dom. 

Signed Sealed and Delivered by > 
Samuel Sewall Esqr in the pres- 
ence of us > Samuel Sewall. O 
Samuel Tyley Jus? 
Lydia Kay. 


Boston, July 30, 1720. 
Sir, — I am informed that the Funeral Charge of Mr. 
John Hirst who died at Antigua, is a considerable part of 
the Debt for which his Brother Mr. William Hirst is now 
imprisoned in Boston : I shall be pleased therefore, if Ma- 
jor Walter Price Administrator of the estate of William 
Hirst Esqr. deceased, do pay out of the share of the Or- 
phans of Grove Hirst deceased, Eight and Twenty pounds 
in Bills of Credit, towards defraying the said Funeral 
Charge ; and I would have you allow it in his Account. 
I am Sir, your most humble Servant 
-g9n_0-0 Samuel Sewall. 

To the JIon hl f John Appleton Esqr., Judge of Probats dcfor the 
County of Essex. 



To Mr. Jonathan Dickinson at Elisabeth Town in the Jersies. 

Aug* 1, 1720. 

Sir, — Yours of July 5*? came to hand the 18^. I in- 
tended to have answered sooner; but have been hindred. 
That the Debts might be got in, and Funeral Charges 
paid, I have taken out Administration ; and shall endeav- 
our to take a true and perfect Inventory of the personal 
estate of my dear wife, and give you an exact Account. 
Some have computed, that after the payment of the Fu- 
neral, one Hundred pounds may be left remaining, under 
or over. But it is to be noted, that a Sister will have an 
equal Claim with a Brother; so that my father Melyen's 
Brother, and his Sisters with their Representatives, will 
share and share alike. I know not how the Law is with 
you. However, I am of Opinion, you had best enter into 
the Lands of my wife at Elizabeth Town, and possess them 
as your own. I sent you a few Lines, and a Duz or two 
of Funeral Sermons, by Sea, which I hope you have re- 
ceived before now. With my hearty Service to your Self, 
and good Wife, I take leave, desiring Prayers, who am 
again by this awfull Bereavement, tossed with Tempests. 
Sir, your loving Cousin and humble Servt. S. S. 

As Mr. Clark was continually very dutifull and helpfull 
to my wife, so he very well assists me in my affairs. 


To Mr. Samuel Storke, Aug* 30, 1720. Gave him an 
account of the Receipt of my daughter Cooper's Houshold 
Goods pDu Mares. Thank'd for his thorowness in send- 
ing them — I have your Brother Mr. John Storke, his 
Account, the ballance of which in my favour is £13. 7. 3. 
which I intend to order into your hands ; 1 that you may 

a Febr. 10, 1720/1. Done! 


pay your self the £-5. 3-5 remaining due to you: And 
then, if it be not too late, goe to Mr. John Clark at the 
Bible and Crown in the Poultry, near Cheap-Side, and 
subscribe for Six Books for me, that are going to be 
Printed, of Dr. John Owen ; several valuable Manuscripts 
&c. of that excellent Author. If the book be already 
printed, buy two of them, or three well bound in Calves 
Leather, and send me. Am glad of the increase of your 
family in that which is incomparably the best estate. 
Gave an Account of Mr. Hirst's Children. Mr. Cooper 
married May 12, 1720. Tis like you have heard before 
now of my sudden and awfull bereavement in the death 
of my loving wife, May 26, 1720. May I be ready for 
my own great change ! 


To Mr. John /Storke. 

Aug 1 30, 1720. 

Sir, — I am favourd with yours of the 6^ of May last, 
and acknowledge with Thankf ullness your complying with 
my Order in Remitting Sixty pounds to Mr. Samuel Storke 
of London for my Account. I have receiv'd the Goods he 
invested it in according to my Direction. I now desire and 
order you to Remit the Ballance of my Account £13.7-3, 
to Mr. Samuel Storke, that he may Reimburse himself what 
he has laid out for me more than he has receiv'd ; and 
may be inabled to pursue my further Orders. 

As for Hanah Inwood, I have not yet been able to get 
any thing by fair Means : and am afraid to enter into the j 
Law, lest I should fail, and run her in debt in stead of | 
sending her any thing. But I doe not intend to leave off ! 
endeavouring to gain her Right, though it be but small. 

It pleased God in a sudden and awfull maiier to take j 
away my loving wife from me the 26 th of May, by which 
means I am again tossed with Tempests. How soon is an I 
earthly Happiness turnd into a Condolence ! The Rev d \ 


Mr. William Cooper married my daughter Judith on the 
12*! 1 of May. They are with me at present, but talk of 
Removing to dwell by themselves next week, in a house 
Mr. Colman's Church provides for them. We are all in 
good Health. The Eastern Indians begin to give us some 

With due Salutations to all my dear Kinsfolk, I rest 
Sir, your loving Cousin and humble Serv* S. S. 


Copy of the IZev? Mr. Timothy Woodbridge, his Letter of Condolence. 

Much hon? Sir, — It was but lately I was Congratu- 
lating your self on a Subject very pleasing, wherein the 
divine Goodness with a bright Candle had shined upon 
your Tabernacle. But now I heartily condole with you, 
that the Light was so soon and suddenly extinguished, 
even all of it, but the good Name, that shall be had in 
everlasting Remembrance. Sic constat mortale nihil — — 
GOD sends us his Blessings with this Soveraign Reserve, 
that we must absolutely depend on his pleasure, altogether 
unknown, for the Continuance of them. Which, in men, 
we should be ready to distrust : but with respect to GOD, 
'tis a necessary Resignation of our Wills to His ; which 
no true Christian will contest; he being fully satisfied, 
that GOD neither can, nor will do him Wrong. And 
when a Christian hath thus made his Submission to GOD ; 
he will have the less to doe with his own heart ; and will 
with the greater success bid it be still and return unto its 
Rest. Aaron held his peace. It is but a little while, and 
our changeables will become unchangeable. The Improve- 
ment of our day of Patience in a constancy of Ordinances, 
and variety of Providences, is the Work appointed us, by 
which we must glorify GOD. And of all things given us 
here, we can establish no Propriety in them. But the 


Good we doe by them, and the spiritual Advantage we 
gain from them ; this we may call our own. I must be- 
lieve GOD hath enabled you to bear this Cross with his 
alsufficient Grace ; whence He will gain that Honor that 
you ow Him under this visitation. To look on any worldly 
comfort otherwise than withering, is to forget our divine 
Lesson, that all flesh is grass ; but we Recover our selves, 
when we depend on the Word of GOD, as that which en- 
dureth for ever. I heartily comend your case to the care 
of a gracious GOD, that He would make this your Afflic- 
tion a further step to your everlasting Blessedness ; which 
shall be continued by 

your very humble Serv* 

To the Hon hl . e Samuel Sewall Esqr. at his house In Boston. 


Copy of a Letter Sent from the Presbytery of Londonderry to D r . 
Cotton Mather 

Rev d S r , — We Received your Letter by post Concern- 
ing Mr. James Macksparran ; and are Much affected to 
understand that Any from hence should be so offensive 
and Troublesome to Your Israel ; and More that Any of 
Your Selves honored with the Ministerial character, should 
be in danger of Such Unprecedented temerity as to Over- 
look the Most notorious Crimes, and Counter Act the 
Judicial Conclusions of a Church to the Undoing of the 
peace and Unity thereof ; The Youth had the Confidence 
to Wait On us at Our Meeting, and addressed us pretty 
warmly for his Testimonials, but being Seasonably fore- 
warned we Were prepared to Entertain him Suitably to 
the Merit of his Cause: We proposed Several questions 
to him Concerning the Testimonials you Say he produced 
from Some of Our Number, at his Arrival to You; which 


he did not think fit to Answer with Either Candour, or 
freedom ; and having Interrogate the Rev? Brethren who 
were Said to have Signd his paper, they Solemnly declared 
they Never had at Any time given Any Testimonial ; which 
upon the whole made us Conclude they Were Spurious ; 
and as we had no Satisfaction from him, So he Went off 
with as Little from us. And Whereas Application was 
made to Us in Last Autumn by Some of Mr. M c Sparran 8 
friends, in his favour, for a Certificate preceding his going 
to America, and particularly as to a Charge of fornication 
with One Murray, The Presbytery being Sufficiently In- 
formed he had purged himselfe by Oath before his depart- 
ure hence, did Certifie the Same Concerning him ; which 
We were no way Apprehensive he would make So 111 Use 
of — as We understand he is Likely to do; otherwise 
would have Intirely declined the grant of it. The Matter 
being of Very great Importance and generall Concern to 
the Maintaining and Cultivating of Concord and Order in 
the Churches of Christ ; We Concluded after the Maturest 
deliberation, to grant him no Testimonial to Serve his 
wicked purposes and designs ; and if Any in the Neigh- 
bourhood where he had his Residence before his depart- 
ure from Ireland, either have, Or May certifie in his 
favour, we have advised them to Caution, and that their 
Conduct May in no Respect be Inconsistent with Ours. 
And Should Any Such Testimonial be procured, We Can- 
not Look on it Tantamount; and More Over desire it 
May be rejected, as What We do not allow. His Carriage 
and Deportment Since his Arrival being Exceedingly of- 
fensive to the Brethren, and unbecoming the Sacred Char- 
acter he Assumes, does Confirm and Settle us More in Our 
Resolution and Judgment, to give him No handle to Ac- 
complish his designs, or to humour a Turbulent party who 
adhere to him, Contrary to the Order and Government in 
the house of God. And we would gladly hope that this 
and the Like Instances which May happen, will satisfy you 


as to the Expediency of Presbyterian discipline, which 
would be the Most Effectual method to Curb and Silence 
Such Turbulent and Divisive Spirits. That the Glorious 
Gospel of Our great Redeemer may happily flourich and 
be Successfull in America ; that peace May be preserved 
within the walls of your Jerusalem, and prosperity in her 
palaces, and a plentifull harvest of Souls be brought in to 
the great husbandman ; That all Attempts of Satan and 
his Accomplices against the Kingdom and Interest of 
Christ, may be effectually defeated ; shall be the fervent 
and daily prayers of Rev? Sf your loving and affectionate 
brethren in the Service of Our Comon Lord. 

Ninian Cochran. Major Murray. 

W" Cuningham. And: Ferguson. 

Tho s Harvey. John Harvey. 

Jo N Harvey Jun?. Jo n Stirling. 

Sam l Ross. W* Gray. 

London Derry, May 4, 1720. 

To the Rev' 1 3T: Cotton Mather in Boston JV. England. 

N. The foregoing Letter was sent by Mr. Marston to be 
delivered with his own Hand, by which means 'twas not 
received before last week ; and a copy of it sent to Bris- 
tol by the Post this Week, Sept r 5th, 1720. 


Boston, Sept r 10, 1720. 

Gentlemen, — I see you are digging a well at the foot 
of Cotton-Hill, hard by the School-House ; which I hope 
will be a convenience to the Town ; And I pray you to 
proceed no further, because I apprehend twill be an In- 
convenience to me, to the Neighbourhood, and to the 
Town : 'Twill be contrary to the Agreement solemnly 
made Twenty years ago, and Recorded in the Town- 
Buoke. I am very loth to have a Contest with you, and 


therefore pray that you would not fence in any more 
Land there. It will not be convenient, or honourable, to 
have an Agreement so deliberatly made, to be broken 
thorough. I am, Gentlemen, your most humble Serv* 

S. S. 
To Mr. John Marion, Mr. Isaiah Tay, and Others, the /Select Men 
of Hoston. 


To Mr. John Borland Merchant now resident in London. 1 

December 6*, 1720. 

Sir, — Your absence from your Family, and from the 
Congregation and Town you stand related to, has been 
so long, that tis much regretted by your Relations and 
Friends and particularly by my self. I have often had 
it in my mind, to give you an Epistolary Visit ; but my 
dilatoriness has betrayd me into a neglect of it hitherto. 
That which has quicken'd me of late, has been my Creed, 
lest it should prove, that I had never practically, and to 
purpose learned that Article of it, The Communion of Saints. 
But I assure you, as your Neighbourhood was always a 
pleasure and Benefit to me ; so I much miss your Com- 
pany in this tedious detention of you beyond-Sea. I have 
had Experience how irksom it is, to be kept from a dear 
wife and family, no ability being left of returning to them. 
In these Circumstances London it self is a Prison. On 
this account I sympathize with you, and heartily desire 
your Release by the speedy and convenient accomplish- 
ment of your Business. You will not accuse me that I 
have confess'd some self-interest in the case ; viz. my own 
want of your good Company. I would not have you lin- 
ger, out of fear of being unsafe in New-England. I hope 
there will be as much safety here, as in any part of the 

1 The John Borland here mentioned is possibly the one who is referred to 
in Sewall's Diary, I. 496. —Eds. 


English world, that I am acquainted with. Notwithstand- 
ing all our Sins and Sorrows (which I bewail), Our Faith 
may be animated triumphantly to declare, Jehovah is our 
Judge. (If the Law will suffer it, our Judge, who is our 
Elder Brother, will save us.) Jehovah is our Lawgiver. 
(If a Law be wanting, He will make one in our Favour.) 
Jehovah is our King. (If neither Judge, nor Law can 
help us, A Pardon, and an Invincible Armada shall.) HE 
will save us! — And if it please GOD to furnish with his 
Grace, for the carrying of it on ; Suffering for CHRIST, 
is a most enriching Trade ! And why should you be more 
averse from Suffering here, than in another place? Pray- 
ing God to keep you, and return you safely, and desiring 
your Prayers for me in my repeated Widowhood, I take 
leave who am, Sir, your obliged friend and humble Serv* 

S. S. 


To Mr. Agent Dummer. 

Boston, X. E., Dec 1 13 th , 1720= 

Sir, — 1 am obliged by the Favour of your Letter of 
May 13 th with the valuable Print; and of your Conde- 
scension therein of Rejoicing, and Sorrowing with me in 
my domestick concerns. Your congratulation relating to 
my daughter Judith was very acceptable, and your Guess 
was very happy : for Mr. Cooper married her the 12 th of 
May last, the clay before your Date. They join in pre- 
senting their Service, and Mr. Cooper recommends the 
Married Estate to you. But we live in a Checker'd State ; 
the worthy person you mention with so much Respect, 
my loving Wife, who was a promoter of the Match, and 
an industrious Contriver of my daughter's Comfortable 
Settlement, was taken from me by an awfully sudden 
Death, in the night between the 26 th and 27th. of the 
same Mourning May. I need your Prayers that GOD 
w r ould sanctify this Stroke to me ; and that He would yet 


again provide such a good Wife for me, that I may be 
able to say, I have obtained Favour of the LORD ; Or 
else to make it best for me to spend the Eemnant of my 
Life in a Widowed Condition ; He gives liberally, and 
upbraids not. 

Your Distich is very pungent indeed ; and I think it 
loses nothing by the Translation. I went to visit Gov- 
ernour Dudley in his long Sickness, Nov r 21, 1719, and 
was belated coming home, by the Snow beating on my 
face. In my slow and uncomfortable progress, I a little 
recreated myself with imitating Ovid's — Incendia Lumen 1 

Node viatori comitem nix Candida Lumen 
Prcebebat, lepidusq[_u~\e malo fait Usus in illo. 

As a memorial of Mr. Cooper's Wedding, I procured a 
number of Mr. Willard's Fountain Opened, which remained 
unsold, although printed in the year 1700, and passed on. 
One of the little Printed papers, in the beginning, and the 
verses at the end of the Book, made at the time. 2 Him- 
manuel is added because of the LORD's Supper now ad- 
ministered in Boston every LORD's Day. 

The Old North leads the Chorus. 2 the New South. 
3. the Old South. 4 the New North. The Celebrating 
the LORD's Supper, on the first LORD's Day of every 
Moneth, was an innovation brought into Town by Mr. 
Davenport, as I am informed : It was every four weeks 
before his coming hither : for why should the first Sab- 
bath day of every Moneth be ennobled with the Celebra- 
tion of the Lord's Supper ; and all the rest stand vacant ? 

Looking over the Acts of Parliament you last sent, the 
Sixth of K. George, I met with an Act for making More 
effectual the Act of the 13 th year of K. Charles the 2 nd , 

1 Incendia lumen 
Prsebebant; aliquisque malo fuit usus in illo. 

Ovid, Met. ii. 331. See SewalPs Diary, III. 234, 245. — Eds. 
2 See Vol. I. 341, note; and Sewall's Diary, III. 263. — Eds. 


intituled "An Act for establishing Articles, and Orders for 
" the regulating and better Government of His Majesties 
" Navies, Ships of War, and Forces by sea." Cap. 9. 

In which Act are these words : " But no Provision is by 
" the said Act made for the Trial and Punishment of such 
" Persons, Who shall be guilty of any of the Crimes or 
" Offences mentioned in the said Articles, in case the same 
" be committed upon the Shore in Foreign parts, For 
" Remedy whereof, be it further Enacted — if any — after 
"January 1st. 1720, Shall be in actual service and Pay in 
" His Maj ties Fleet, or Ships, or Vessels of War, shall comit 
" any of the Said Crimes — upon the Shore in any Foreign 
" Part or Parts ; the person or persons so offending, shall 
" be, and is hereby declared to be Subject and liable to 
" be tryed, and punished for the same in the same man- 
" ner, to all intents and purposes, as if the said Crime or 
" Crimes — had been actually committed or done upon 
" the main Sea, or on Board any of His Maj ties Ships, or 
"Vessels of War." 

My Enquiry is, Whether this Province of the Massachu- 
sets Bay be not comprized in those words, Any Foreign 
Part or Parts? And whether the Criminals being made 
subject and liable to be Tryed and punished as if the 
Crimes had been Committed upon the Main Sea — doth 
not Exempt them from being tryed by the Course of 
Cohlon Law? 

By Rumors that I hear, and passages in diverse Letters, 
and by the face of our Sky, I discern the danger we are 
in of losing Our Charter. If it be so, I most Earnestly 
desire you to doe all that lyes in your power, to preserve 
it. Deny your self, take up your Cross, and follow 
CHRIST; Let not any provocation on account of the 
Governour, or Lieu* Governour tempt you to the Con- 
trary — Contra audentior Ho} Suffer not your self to be 
overcome by any Temptation to Consent to the Deliver- 
1 Verg. Aen., vi. 95. — Eds. 


ing up our Charter and Privileges : Then with the Peace 
of a good Conscience, you will be able to say, If the 
Foundations be Removed, what hath the righteous done ? 
I intended to end here : but I must begin again to Ob- 
viat Mason's claim. 1 I am of Opinion, that besides the 
priority of our Grant by the Royal Charter, the Massa- 
chusets Legal and peaceable Possession Eighty-Six or 
Eighty-Seven years does very much corroberate their 
Equal Title. Newbury was Planted in the year 1634. 
My Father has told me so, who was one of the first In- 
habitants. And the Rev d Mr. Samuel Danforth a great 
Antiquary, concludes his Almanack for the year 1647. 
(which I have) with this Chronology; 

1 See Belknap's Hist. New Hampshire, II. 123. This famous controversy, 
so far as it involved the boundary line between Massachusetts and New 
Hampshire remains unsettled to this very day. By decree of George II. in 
1740 the question was settled on paper, but in executing the terms of the 
instrument an apparent inaccuracy, at least of a portion of the survey, has 
caused great annoyance. The terms of the decree are as follows: " That the 
northern boundary of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay are and be a 
similar curved line, pursuing the course of Merrimac River, at three miles 
distance on the north side thereof, beginning at the Atlantic Ocean, and 
ending at a point due north of a place in the plan returned by the Commis- 
sioners called Pautucket Falls, and a strait line drawn from thence due west, 
cross the said river till it meets his Majesty's other governments." The 
surveyor, Hazzen, who was employed by New Hampshire, Massachusetts 
refusing to take part, to run the " straight line" from the Merrimac River, 
inadvertently deflected considerably to the north. A piece of land, varying 
from two to four miles, increasing as the line was extended westward, was 
thus cut off from the provinces of New Hampshire and Vermont. Within 
this disputed territory are many towns in whole or in part. The ground 
occupied by Williams College, for instance, properly belongs to Vermont. 
Great trouble was also experienced when the other, or "crooked line," was 
run at a distance of three miles from the Merrimac, by Mitchell in 1826, by 
order of the State of New Hampshire, — Massachusetts, through her governor, 
Levi Lincoln, again declining to take part. In 1885, at the suggestion of 
the Massachusetts Legislature, a joint commission consisting of representa- 
tives from that State and from New Hampshire, together with competent 
surveyors for each, was appointed, in hopes of a final adjustment of the diffi- 
culty. The settlement, which now seems to be in a fair way of being made, 
will not involve probably a release of any portion of the soil in controversy, 
but simply an allowance on the part of Massachusetts for the damage in- 
curred if the claim is made good. — Eds. 


The Time when these following Towns began. Salem, 
1628. — Ipswich, 1633. Newbury, 1634. — Salisbury, 
1639. — Haverhill, 1641. This Almanack was Printed at 
Cambridge by Matthew Day. The Towns of Newbury, 
Salisbury, and Haverhill are built upon the Banks of the 
River Merrimack. 

My family present their Service to you, Especially my 
Daughter Hannah refreshed with your kind Remembrance 
of her. And my Son the Minister, and Mr. Gerrish com- 
ing in as I was going to seal my Letter, present their hum- 
ble Service to you, sensible of the Obligations you have 
laid on them. 

Be not offended if I take up the Charter once more and 
say, I am confident whosoever, Especially of New-England, 
shall contribute to the vacating of it, they will Repent it. 
How sweet soever the Revenge may be in their mouth 
it will be Bitter in their belly ! Accept of the inclosed 
Prints, and give One of each to Mr. Newman with my 
Service and Thanks. I am Sir, your most 

humble Servant S. S. 


To the Bev d 31r. William Homes 1 at Chilmarh on Martha 's Vinya/rm 

g? Mr. Mayhew. 

Dec r 22, 1720. 

Thank'd him for his Respect in his Dedication. Pray'd 
his Acceptance of Montanus's 2 Interlineary Bible, as a small 
Token of my Regards to him. Told him of the late Act 

i See SewaU'a Diary, TIL 22, note. — Eds. 

2 Arius Montanus, a Spaniard, was born in 1527 and died in 1598. lie 
was a diligent student and author, devoting himself largely to the Bible and 
to Hebrew researches. In 1568 Philip IT. intrusted him with the responsi- 
bility of carrying through the press at Antwerp the beautiful edition of the 
11 Polyglot Bible." For this service, which lasted four years, he received a 
handsome pension, and declining to be a bishop was made royal chaplain. 
lie was a firm opponent of the Jesuits. — Eds. 


of Parliament to make the Kingdom of Ireland more de- 
pendent on Great Britain. It might be worthy to keep a 
day of solemn Fasting with Prayer to implore GOD's Mercy 
in Converting the poor Irish from their Antichristianisme. 
I sympathise with Mrs. Homes in her continued Pains : 
Sehola Cnicis est Schola Lacis. Desiring Prayers I concluded. 
N. I sent <p Mr. Mayhew Six Pewter Spoons to Bethiah 
Tuphas widow, who prays well. She is Jonathan's daugh- 
ter. The Spoons are marked B. T. I told Mr. Homes 
that I had presented the Council and Deputies, and many 
others with his Sermons, &c. 

Jan r 10 th 17|f Writ to Mr. Woodbridge of Hartford 
in Answer to his Excellent Condolence of July 5^. In- 
closd Mr. Holms Sermon, Mr. Mayhew's, Wife's Funeral 
Sermon, Himmanuel. 


To Mr. Rowland Cotton, $ Mr. John Boydell. 

January 30*, 17f J. 

Rev? Sir, — Yours of Jan r 10 th I received the 20 th , and 
am much pleasd to see a more ample Relation of the 
Mashpaw Ordination. I hope it is a Token for Good, 
that there are now Three Ordained Pastors given to the 
Cape-Indians : God is about to feed them with saving 
Knowledge and understanding more than formerly. 

But it grieves me that I have occasion to say, 

Desinit in piscem mulier formosa superne. 1 

In yours of Nov r 8, I observe this passage, " Simon's 
I Salary last year was Ten pounds. He has been at con- 
I siderable Charges at his Ordination ; I wish it may be 
| Twelve pounds this year ; and that you would please to 
" send it <p either of my Sons." 

1 Hor. Ars. Poet., 4. — Eds. 


I think it a good method, that Indians do not spend 
their Time and enter into Temptation in fetching their 
Salaries : But then somebody must be apointed to call for 
them. If either of your Sons had called for Papinonit's 
Salary, and I had refusd to deliver it to them, there 
might have been some ground of complaint by way of a 
kind expostulation. You have once and again upbraided 
me with Partiality ; though, I hope, without just cause ; 
And you reckond you should have dealt too mildly, unless 
you had taken me up again for the same fault. And the 
reason you render why you would have Hamond Cogni-i 
ture paid, is the indignation you have conceiv'd against 
me: Which seems a very strange one. 

Mr. Cotton, How honourable and firm soever our Stand- 
ing may be, we are always in danger of falling; and Hu- 
mility is one of the surest Means to prevent it. I have 

inclosed for the widow Wampon, Blind Senirit, Blind 
Peter and the Widow Sarah, an Angel for each of them, . 
40 s all. Blankets are now so very dear, that it would be 
much more profitable to them, to buy wool, and Spin for 

themselves. I send these p Mr. Jn? Boydell, who is a 

very good Register to me — I am Sir, 

Your Friend to serve you S. S. 1 


To Richard Waldron Esq r . In Dover. 

Boston, Jan* 30, 1720-21. 

HoN nTE Sir. — It seems there is one Elizabeth Lyon I 
daughter of Edward Airs of Portsmouth in your Province, . 
Widow of Henry Lyon, who died at Sea two or three | 
years ago. Her Brother Foster of this Town, came to me 
this morning, to acquaint me that she had not Adminis- 

1 The interest which Sewall took in the conversion of the Indians has 
been alluded to already. See Sewall's Diary, II. 438, for an exhaustive note 
on the subject. — Ki>s. 


tred ; and to ask my Advice what she had best to doe. 
I am altogether a stranger to the Circumstances her hus- 
band left her in ; and therefore my Advice to her was that 
she speedily sue for Administration, and so shelter her self 
under your Wing ; both as to your Advice and Authority. 
Not doubting but you will shew her all that Favour the 
Law will allow you to doe. And if another Administer, 
she may be Obliged to come before your Honour, whether 
she will, or no. 

Sir, I am glad of this Opportunity to Salute your Honour, 
and thankfully to acknowlege the many real Kindnesses, I 
receiv'd from you when you dwel'd at the Bank, and since. 

I rejoice to hear of the Flourishing of your Family, and 
pray for the Establishment of it. 

I was much surpris'd about a year ago, to hear that 
your Commissioners offered to shew that Merrimack River 
extended but to Haverhill, or a little further. It seems 
to be beyond all Controversy that it cannot but reach to 
the Confluence of that Stream that comes from above, and 
that which flows out of Winnepiseochee Lake. As yet we 
have made but poor work on't in erecting our Artificial 
Bounds, (which I regrett). I beseech you let us not aban- 
don those which GOD and Nature have made to our 
Hands ! 

Please to accept of the inclosed Sermons, 1 as a small 
Token of my Regards. My service to Madam Waldron. 
I am Sir your most Humble Servant, S. S. 


To the Hori 1 -? Gurdon Saltoristall Esqr. Gov r . 

March 6, 17ff 

Hon b - Sir, — These are to acknowledge the Conde- 
scension of your Visit when last in Town. I have been 

1 Proposals. Mr. Homes, Mr. Mayhew Fun 1 . Sermon of A. S. Ambas 
[sador's] Tears. 

VOL. II. —9 


lately with Madam Franklin my Tenant, who is more than 
Twenty pounds in arrere. She tells me she has depend- 
anse on Money to be receiv'd from New-London by the 
Order of her Brother Sir John Davie. 1 If your Honour 
be impowered to furnish it, as twould be a relief to her, 
who seems industrious, so twould pleasure me in these 
hard times, and lay me under further Obligations; and 
free me from the temptation of doing any thing that 
might be accounted harsh, towards a Gentlewoman in a 
widowed condition. 

Your Honour, born upon the Banks of Merrimak Kiver 
will readily undertake the Guardianship of it. The Com- 
issioners from N. Hampshire offerd to shew, if not prove, 
that Merrimak reachd but a little above Haverill : and 
so would cut off the Bounds which GOD and Nature have 
provided for us. What they may obtain in England, I 
know not : but they shall never have my Consent to re- 
move the Bounds assigned by the Royal Charter. Please 
to accept a few Lines shewing my Dislike ; 

Cum natura negat, facit indignatio versum. 

With my Service to your good Lady, I take leave, who am 
Sir, your Honour's most humble and 

Obed fc Serv fc S. S. 


To Mr. Edward Taylor, March 18, 17ff Answer'd 
his Letter of Feb r 9 th and the former, which I received 
Jan r 9 th — It was a sw r eet Refreshment to me, to take 
your Acknowledgment of your Acquitance signd Seald 
and Deliverd, for the Legacy bequeathed you. Mat. 19. i 
29. Which I desire to Eccho to you again, without that! 
deficient Lameness, which the Echo is too subject to. 

i See Sewall's Diary, IT. 1S8, note. — Eds. 
2 Juv. Sat., I. 79. — Eds. 


I heartily congratulat your Recovery. I gave your 
Thanks to the President, who receiv'd them very cour- 
teously. Pray for the Province, and me. My daughter 
presents her Duty to you, and to Madam Taylor. Dr. 
Oliver Noyes 1 about 44 years old, was seis'd with an Apo- 
plexy last Tuesday night, and died on Thorsday at 4 
a-clock after Noon. If I live to the 28 th of March, I shall 
compleat 69 years. Inclosed my wives Funeral Sermon, 
2 of Mr. Homes's Sermons, Mr. Mayhew's, Mr. Cooper's, 
Mr. Holyoke's Almanack of 1715, Mr. Danforth of Dor- 
chester's verses on the new year. Proposals. Ambassa- 
dor's Tears, As Josep[h] let his brethren — 4 Merrimacks, 
2 d part of South Sea Stock, Vote of Boston aniversary 
Meeting, which Dr. Noyes industriously dispersed on 
Tuesday, just before night, or in the beginning of the 
evening. Sent by Mr. Ashly. 

Extract of a Letter received from the Rev? Mr. Solo- 
mon Stoddard, dated, North-Hampton, March 10, 17§y. 

" In our Charter, and also in the Charter of 

| Connecticut, the King says, that the undertakers do pro- 
| f ess it to be their principal Design, to bring the Indians 
| to the Christian Faith. I am afraid whether we do not 
" provoke God, by our neglect of prosecuting that Design. 
" Somthing has . . . been done at the Cost of Benefactors 
" in England, . . . but very little at the charge of the Coun- 
f try. Give my Respect to your Son, and to Mr. Cooper. 
f I am never like to see my Friends in Boston any more ; 
"but I often Remember them, and am a Well -Wilier to 
" them, and particularly to your self, and willing to serve 
"you. Sol. Stoddard." 

1 See Sewall's Diary, III. 284, note. — Eds. 



To the Bever r/ Mr. Peter Thacher in Boston. 

March 23, 17f °-. 

Sir, — These are to communicat to you the desire of 
the Counsellours, that you would come to morrow morn- 
ing, and assist them in opening the Council with Prayer. 
I purposed to have waited on you my self, and have 
spoken my mind to you ; That seeing so many were of- 
fended at your departure from Weymouth, if you could 
have clone any thing for the Satisfaction of the Aged Min- 
isters in Town, it would have been both safe and honour- 
able. For where the generality of Christians are offended, 
'tis to be fear'd GOD is offended! 

But I was arrested with an Indisposition in Lecture- 
Time, that I went home with difficulty, and 'tis incon- 
venient for me to goe abroad this evening. If you please 
to come to Mr. Gerrish's Shop, or Mr. Edwards's, a little 
after Ten, Flagg will call you at a convenient season. I 
am Sir, vour Friend and Servant Samuel Sewall. 


To Madam Beekman at Sopas on Hudson's Itiver, p Mr. Jonathan 


April 22, 1721. 

Madam, — I have once and again with a great deal of 
pleasure, heard my dear wife, Mrs. Abigail Sewall, de- 
ceased, rehearse with what a great deal of Kindness you 
entertain'd her, when sojourning in your house at Sopas; 
and your Accompanying her with your Waggon to the 
Sloop, in which she took passage for New- York ; and fur- 
nishing her with a plentifull viaticum for her Voyage. In 
Remembrance of Her, I pray you, Madam, to Accept of 
the Wedding Ring I gave her; and of the French piece of 
Gold inclosed, very valuable also for its Motto, 

Sit No men Domini Benedictum! 


Please to Accept likewise of Four Funeral Sermons. 1 
I am, Madam, your most humble Serv* S. S. 


To Mr. Woodbridge at Hartford. 

June 1, 1721. 

Rev d Sir, — I am favoured with yours of May 23, by 
Mr. Lord, wherein you oblige me by expressing your Ac- 
ceptance of mine, with your good Wishes for my Prosper- 
ity. The Small Pocks in Town, does much distress us. 
My dater Cooper, being with child, remov'd to her Broth- 
er's at Brooklin, last Monday. I have a very good Maid, 
who removes to Roxbury to day; though she has not 
quite liv'd her year out. My dater Hannah is grievously 
fetter' d by Lameness ; has not gon out of doors since last 
December was two years : So that I am left with my 
House-keeper, Mrs. Lydia Kay ; which is disagreeable to 
me. I remember when I was going from school at New- 
bury, I have sometime met your Sisters Martha, and Mary, 
at the end of Mrs. Noyes's Lane, coming from their Schoole 
at Chandler's Lane, in their Hanging Sleeves ; and have 
had the pleasure of Speaking with them : And I could 
find in my heart to speak with Mrs. Martha again, now I 
my self am reduc'd to my Hanging Sleeves. The truth 
is, I have little Occasion for a Wife, but for the sake of 
Modesty, and to cherish me in my advanced years (I was 
born March 28, 1652) Methinks I could venture to lay my 
Weary head in her Lap, if it might be brought to pass 
upon Honest Conditions. You know your Sister's Age, 

1 3 P.w* |. Coin, 4 P.w*. and 7 Grains. Almanack. 

2 This letter, perhaps one of the most interesting and certainly one of the 
most characteristic of the whole collection, was written to Rev. Timothy 
Woodbridge, of Hartford (H. C. 1675). See Sibley's Harvard Graduates, II. 
464-470. The Mrs. Martha referred to was Mrs. Martha Ruggles, daughter 
of Rev. John Woodbridge, widow of Samuel Ruggles. She died in 1738. — 


and Disposition, and Circumstances, better than I doe. I 
shoud be glad of your Advice in my Fluctuations. In- 
closd India Christiana. 


To George Jaffrey Esqr. at Portsmouth. 

V. 18, 1721. 

Sir, — I am favoured with yours of the 12 th , wherein 
you advise me that Mr. Penhallow has honoured Mr. New- 
man's Bill of Exchange with payment. I desire and 
Order you to send me the Bills of Credit by the next Post. 
In doing which you will oblige, Sir, your most humble 
Serv* Samuel Sewall. 


Deed of Ten Rods Front, of Elm- Pasture. 

9^ 6<>, 1721. 
This Indenture made the Sixth day of November, in the 
eighth year of the Reign of George by the Grace of GOD, 
of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of 
the Faith &c. Annoque Domini One Thousand, Seven 
Hundred and Twenty One, Between Samuel Sewall of 
Boston in the County of Suffolk within His Majesties 
Province of the Massachusets Bay in New-England Esqr. 
of the one part. And Joseph Wadsworth of Boston Afore- 
said Gent and Treasurer of the said Town on the other 

1 In 1715 the town passed several votes with a view of establishing a writ- 
ing-school "at the Southerly" end. For this purpose a committee was ap- 
pointed, of which Sewall was one, to choose a situation, and report also as 
to the dimensions of the building, After some continuances the committee 
selected as a site for the structure a lot on the Common " adjoyning to Cow- 
ell's Lott over ag* M r Wain Wright's." The situation is clearly pointed out 
in Mem. Hist, of Boston, II. xxiv., and on Bonner's Map, Ibid, xxvii. As i 
to the " annuity " or rent-charge which Sewall created on the piece of prop- 
erty referred to in his grant, and its release after his decease, see Bowditch's 
(Gleaner) article, Record Commissioners' Report, V. ("2d ed.) 104. — Eds. 


part, Witnesseth That the said Samuel Sewall, in Remem- 
brance of Hannah his Loving Wife, the Wife of his youth, 
the Mother of his Children, and Daughter and Heir of 
John Hull Esq r and Judith his wife ; And for lessening 
the Town-Tax made for the Payment of Salaries of Writ- 
ing Schoolmasters, HATH Given and Granted, and by 
these Presents DOTH Give and Grant unto the said Jo- 
seph Wadsworth Treasurer as aforesaid and to his Succes- 
sours in that Office, for the Use of the School at the South 
End of Boston, at the upper end of Pond-Street so called, 
whereof Ames Angier is now Writingmaster ; which School 
is not far distant from the place where Mr. John Sanford 
a pious Skillfull and prudent Man formerly taught School, 
and whose Scholar the said Hannah was, and of whom, 
with pleasure, she frequently made mention, One Annuity 
or yearly Rent of Five pounds four shillings current Money 
of Xew-England, or Province Bills, to be paid unto the 
said Joseph Wadsworth Treasurer of the said Town, or his 
successours in that Office for the Time being, on every 
Second day of April yearly, from and after the Second 
day of April next ensuing, out of a certain piece or parcel 
of his Pasture-Land called Elm-Pasture, which the said 
Sewall purchased of Ephraim Savage Esqr : situate lying 
and being near Beacon Hill, Northerly of the Common or 
Training Field in Boston aforesaid ; which said Piece or 
parcel of Land hereby given and Granted, is butted 
bounded and measures as followeth, That is to say, South- 
erly, on the Common or Training Field, there measuring 
Two Chains and fifty Links ; South-east, by other Land of 
the said Samuel Sewall, there measuring Seven Chains, 
and eighteen Links ; Northerly, by Land of Jeremiah 
Allen Esqr. Measuring there One Chain and Sixty two 
Links; North- Westerly, by the said Allen's Land, there 
Measuring One Chain and Eighty four Links ; and South- 
westerly, by land of Samuel Banister, Measuring there 
Seven Chains and two Links ; or however otherwise 


bounded, or be the Dimensions on either side more, or 
Less; With the Appurtenances — To HAVE AND TO 
HOLD receive perceive, and take the said Annuity or 
yearly Rent of Five pounds four Shillings to the said Jo- 
seph Wads worth Treasurer of the said Town of Boston 
and to his Successours in that Office, for the use of the 
said Writing School, on the Second day of April next after 
the Day of the Date of these Presents, and from thence- 
forth on every Second Day of April yearly, for ever ; The 
said Annual Rent to be paid by the Proprietours or owners 
of the said Land ; And if it happen the said yearly Rent 
of Five pounds four Shillings, or any part thereof, be be- 
hind or unpaid Forty days after any of them shall become 
due and payable, Then, and in such case, it shall and may 
be Lawfull for the said Joseph Wadsworth Treasurer as 
aforesaid, or his Successours in that Office for the time 
being, To enter into, and upon the said Land, and the 
Owners or Occupants thereof to eject; put out and amove 
from their possession thereof ; and the Same to hold, Im- 
prove and Detain, and the Rents, Issues, and Profits 
thereof to receive for the use and benefit of the said 
Writing School, untill the Town-Treasurer for the time 
being shall be of the said Annuity or yearly Rent of five 
pounds four Shillings so behind and unpaid, and the Ar- 
rearages thereof fully satisfied, contented and paid. 

In WITNES whereof the said Samuel Sewall hath 
hereunto put his Hand and Seal the day and year first 

within Written. s x 

Samuel Sewall. ( sjgilJ 

Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of us 
William Moodey. 
Jane Hirst. 
Samuel Tyley Jun!\ 
Suffolk ss. Boston, November V th , 1721. The 
Hono b ! 6 Samuel Sewall Esqr. Acknowledged the afore- 
going Instrument to be his free Act and Deed. 

Before 'me, W? Welsteed, Just. Pac? 


N. B. Ten Rods above Mr. Banister's Land, within the 
Stone-wall, a White Oak Post is set down by me ; and at 
the upper end next Mr. Allen's Land, close to his Fence, a 
Connecticut Stone-Post is placed ; and a Line Run Streight 
from the said White-Oak Post to the said Stone-Post com- 
prehends the Land Granted in the foregoing Deed; the 
Quantity whereof is Two Acres, more or less. 

Nov' 8, 1721. S. S. 


To Governour Saltonstall, Jan r 16 th , l7ff Sent 6 India 
Christiana, two of them Gilded, 7 Distichs on the Papists 
Downfall at Black-Friers, 6 Memorials with Answer to 
some objections, Princes and Heraulds, by your Leave, &C. 1 

Jan r 16, 17f|-. Sent T. Green 3 India Christiana; one 
for John Winthrop Esqr., one for Mr. Adams, and One for 
himself, with account of Cousin Mary Moodey's Wedding, 
Dec r 27 th . 

Feb. 2, 17||. Writ to Mr. Hugh Adams of Oyster 
River, 2 inclosing his verses against Periwigs; earnestly 
advised him wholly to obliterat Zimri and Cozbi ; Names 
and Text. Leave out Madam Maintenon ; I have heard 
no such Character of her. Keep still at Oyster River, 
Labour in that part of Christ's Harvest; you may run 
into Worse Troubles; In the World you shall have 
Trouble, — 

motos prcestat componere fluctus? 

I have taken your Brother's Receipt for the 40 9 and 
cancell'd the Bond. Praying God to Keep you, your 
Family and Flock — 

Id levins Jit patientia quicquid corrigere est nefas} 

1 See post, 142. 

2 In New Hampshire, now Durham, "formerly a part of Dover." — Eds. 
8 Verg. Aen., I. 139. — Eds. 4 Hor. Od., i, 24. 19. — Eds. 


Was glad to hear by Mr. Moodey of your Comfortable 
Day of Prayer in ordaining Killing Elders. Sorry to find 
you speak of removing. 

Writ to the Kev d Mr. Solomon Stoddard, and ask'd his 
Leave to print his Letter about Wiggs when I see my 
time. Ask'd his pardon for printing the Extract without 
his Leave. Enclosed Several Memorials. March. 

Writ to Mr. Edward Taylor, dated Boston March 3, and 
Spy-Pond March 9 th , 17f J, inclosing 6 Memorials. Gave 
an account of Affairs. Ask'd his Prayers for God's Bless- 
ing on my Espousals and Marriage, intended to be before 
the end of this Moneth. Shall be 70 years old, if it please 
God to lengthen out my Life to the 28 th current. 

S. S. Scjituagenarius. 


Boston, May 2G, 1722. 
Mr. Samuel Sewall dc Stcphano. 

Well ! but Cousin, By Counsel learned in the Law, I 
am advised that a man can't be entituled to the use of 
Spectacles, under Fifty years of Age ; and you have not 
quite run out Thirty three. So that I am surpris'd to 
hear how dexterously you put them on, and how hand- 
somly you wear them ! Nay, I am informed the Beauty 
of it has been charming to the whole Town. Inoculation, 
it seems, demanded the use of them. In good sober sad- 
nness, I congratulat the convenient Recess you have 
obtained for your self and family in your present circum- 
stances ; and the comfortable Prospect you have of being 
restor'd to your Health and Enlargment. Many times 
we are better provided for by others, than our own fore- 
cast or desire would have procured ; which should Serve 
to fortify contentment in us. 

1 heartily condole all intermediat Bitterness wherewith 


you may be exercised. The most wholsom Potions are 
commonly Bitter. I pray GOD that all may work together 
for your Good ! In the Kindness of your vertuous Mother, 
you have the Truth of that Scripture very pleasantly 
demonstrated ; 

Many Waters cannot quench Love. 

I have enclosed Twenty Shillings in small Bills, for you 
to purchase some Refreshments with. My Service to 
Madam Mather, to your wife and Children ; to Mrs. Alford. 
I am, dear Cousin and Namesake, your loving Unkle 

Samuel Sewall. 

samuel sewall to governor saltonstall. 

To Gov 1 : Saltonstatt. 

July 16* 1722. 

Hon b - Sir, — I am surprised to see your Honour's 
Commendation of my poor verses on the Downfall of 
Black-Friers. It is so much Encouragement to me, that 
if I should live till October, 1723, when the Age comes 
about, I should be under a temptation to print them. I 
call to mind a Distich I made many years ago. Things 
have seemd to go backward since that. However, Rome 
must fall, and that before long ; and therefore I still hold 
on to say, 

Roma inhonestajacet ; Castce gaudete puellce ; 
Vindicis, et vivi vivitis Urbe DEL l 

I have been much griev'd at the dark and black Cloud 
which hangs over New-England : To see the Miseries come 
upon us in the East, and fearing how soon the Lightening 
may fly to the West. This has been one Reason that I 
have no sooner waited upon your Honor with my Answer. 
At first the Gentlemen Proprietours petitiond for Fifty 
Men as a sufficient Cover for their new Plantations. But 

1 See Sewall's Diary, II. 140. — Eds. 


we are already come to Ten times that number. An Or- 
der is given for a Press to make them up Five Hundred, 
Besides Twenty Men to Scout above York and Wells and 
Berwick. Gov r Vaudreuil, in stead of retreating upon 
the sight of his Excellency's Letter sent by Capt. Baker, 
Says that our Gov r came by his Letters taken at Neridga- 
wog, 1 in an odious way ; Avows his encouragement of the 
Indians against us, and affirms that the Kennebeck Indi- 
ans have been the Allies of the French 60 or 70 years. 
What the issue may be, GOD knows ! 

Mr. Stoddard lately sent me his Questions and Answers, 
with License for me to do with them w r hat I pleasd. I 
ventur'd to expostulat a little w T ith this Excellent Divine, 
respecting the Indians. And I hope, my being Attorney 
to the Hon b - e Company for propagating the Gospel here, 
will bear me out in so doing. I have left half a Dozen 
of them with Madam Saltonstall for your Honour, w T hen 
there may be a convenient oportunity to send them. Mrs. 
Franklin is much behind in the payment of her Bent. 
Forty six pounds are due, of which she has paid Fifteen 
pounds. The last paid, was five £ above a year ago. If 
your Honor would condescend to enable, and quicken her 
to pay her Arrears, it would greatly oblige your Honour's 
most humble, and most obedient Servant S. S. 

Next follows the Copy of my former Letter to Gov. 
Saltonstall, dated January 15, lTfJ 

IIon- e Sir, — I have long waited for a convenient op- 
portunity to Send you half a Doz. of Dr. Mather's India 
Christiana. 2 At last I do it by Mr. Green, asking pardon 
for my long delay. Although the Missionaries of Den- 
mark and the Company for propagation of the Gospel in 

1 Norridgewock. See SewalPs Diary, III. 245, note; and Sparks's Amer. 
Biog. (2d Series), VII. 184. — Eds. 

2 See Sibley's Harvard Graduates, III. 135; and SewalPs Diary, III. 301, 
note. — Eds. 


forein parts, make a great Noise ; and much Honour is 
done them by Princes, and great Men : yet I trust that 
GOD has Owned, and will Own the Company for propa- 
gating the Gospel in New-England, and parts adjacent in 
America, He will vouchsafe to be graciously present in 
this small still Voice. Though multitudes have been Left, 
yet some of the Aborigines of America have been here 
savingly converted, and from hence taken to glorify GOD 
in Heaven. These First-Fruits will be followed by a 
plentifull Harvest. 

Reading lately Mr. Jeremiah Dyke upon Good Con- 
science, 1 the zeal wherewith he mentions the Tragedy of 
Black-Friers, 2 put me upon trying to comprise it in a few 
Distichs, having read Fuller's Church History, and Baker's 
Chronicle on this Subject. 'Tis strange how the last 
should mistake the day, saying, that is, was upon Friday, 
the 24'. h of October. Mr. Dyke's Booke was printed the 
very Next year, 1624, and he takes notice of its being on 
the Fifth of November, New Style. I see that Easter- 
day was in the year 1623 upon the 13 th of April; And 
the 13 th of April and the 26 th of October are always upon 
the same day of the week. 

I would pray your Honour's Censure of the inclosed 
Memorial : It is as I could write it at the Council-Board. 

1 P. 315, and 326, 327. 

2 See Sewall's Diary, III. 322. The verses read as follows: — 

Londini domus est in Nigris Fratribus, Hunsdon; 

Papales turbant relligione sua, 
Idola, atque cruces camera inferiore teguntur ; 

Cultores stolidos longa suprema capit. 
Inferior fractal premitur gravitate supremae ; 

Ambabus ruptis, utraque turba ruit. 
Crux et cultores una periere ruina ; 

Lignea qui coluit, cum trabe raptus abit. 
Trabs cruciata, homines ter centum ferre laborans 

Deticis; inviti, te recidente, cadunt. 
ISTonnullis ingens pulvis spiramina tollit; 

Interitum multis ligna revulsa parant, 
Tertia pars moritur; reliquos resipiscere mandant, 

Inde coruscantes, ira, favorque DEI." S. S. 

— Eds. 


I have been of the Opinion these Twenty years, that un- 
alterable Bounds, such as Rivers and Eocks and Mountains, 
should be fixed between the Aborigines and us ; to free 
them from all Suspicion of our having a design to root 
them out. How comes the removing of Land-Marks to 
be so hainous a crime, if it be indifferent whether there 
be any Land-Marks or no ? 

One objection against this Settleing of Bounds, is That 
'tis not in our Power. It belongs to the Crown only to 
do that. It may be Answered, There is no intention to 
medle with Jurisdiction. They will be as much under 
the British Government, as before. Connecticut has a 
familiar Instance : The Mohegins are as much a distant 
Nation from your English Inhabitants, as our Eastern In- 
dians are from us. And yet, I presume there are known 
Limits between your English and the Mohegins, as to their 
respective Properties of Soil. Neither do I hear that any 
body has been scared with Dreams, as if this were an 
Invasion of the Royal Prerogative. 

Another Objection much spoken of, is That if the Eng- 
lish should set the Kennebeck Indians Bounds, They would 
presently sell their Land to the French. As if the French 
were so scrupulous and squeamish, as not to endure to 
purchase Land of the Indians, except within Bounds pre- 
scribed by the English. 

Inclosed Mr. Prior's Epitaph (which Gov? Saltonstall 
had not seen before): 

"Monarchs, and Heraulds, by your leave 
"Here ly the bones of Matthew Prior; 
"The Son of Adam and of Eve : 
"Let Bourbon, or Nassau, goe higher! " 

Hatfield, Aug*. 4, 1722. 

May it please your Excellency 

I am of Opinion, it had been better to have 

composed matters with the Eastern Indians before Procla- 


mation of War : and, if possible, it is best still, Our Out- 
settlements are so many, and in their new beginnings, 
that it is almost impossible to defend them against such 
an enemy that do all by lying in wait for blood ; and so 
may Kemain many years unsubdued, Our French neigh- 
bours furnishing and abetting of them. What if 2 or 3000 £ 
had been expended to have had a composure ? It is not 
40 000 £ will answer the damages of the Country in their 

present Circumstances, and maintain a War. 

Samuel Partridge. 


Sept r 10, 1722. I writt to Gov r Saltonstall by Mr. Rolfe 
with Mr. Mitchel's Sermons of Glory ; inclosing Mrs. Mar- 
garet Franklin's Order to pay me Thirty pounds so soon 
as so much of hers should come to his hand. 

N. Mr. Rolfe coming back, he gave my packet to Judge 


To Gov r Saltonstall at New-Haven. 

8 r 15, 1722. 

Hon b - Sir, — I am Favour'd with yours of 85 6*. h , which 
I received the 9 th . Am very glad that you are [reliev'd] 
from the painfull and disableing malady of your Arm. 
Your Acceptance of my small Token is very Obliging. 
Am very Thankfull for the Concern you have shewd for 
me in Madam Frankly n's Business : I shall wait your 
convenience for the finishing it. Mrs. Franklyn is re- 
mov'd, and your Letter found her in her new Lodgings 
in Hanover Street. 

Before the Smoke of Yale-College was discerned, I was 
shew'd a piece of Ground bought to build an Episcopal 
Church on in Boston ; and the same person whisperd to 
me, that Mr. Cutler your Rector was to preach in it. The 
Noise of Yale-College came to me gradually ; at first we 


heard some uncertain Rumblings ; at last the plain and 
loud Thunder-Claps astonished us. The Colony, the 
Town, the Society from whence it came, Accented every 
Sound. It quickly brought to my mind Rev. 16. 15. I 
apprehend that in this extraordinary and unexpected 
Alarm, we have a Demonstration that the Drying up the 
Great River Euphrates is near at hand. Me thinks he 
could not easily have lit upon a subject so indefensible, 
as that of the English Episcopacy, which seems to be 
absolutely av6pa>Triv7) kticti?. 1 For the Bishop is perfectly 
the King's creature ; the Chapter must chuse the person 
named in the Conge de 'lire [conge d' elire]. I am fully 
of Mr. Cotton's mind ; that Episcopacy is that upon which 
the Fifth Yial is poured out ; and he will have hard work 
that shall endeavour to controll that Angel. Tis evident 
that the New England Planters were led by the Spirit of 
GOD when they followed the Lamb in the Chastity of his 
ordinances. Dr. Goodwin and Dr. Owen make a very hon- 
ourable Mention of it. The Bishops drove the renowned 
Planters out of England. I hope GOD will [not] suffer 
the Bishops to drive their Children out of New-England. 
I pray GOD to make your Assistants and Deputies Wise 
as Serpents, harmless as Doves. Desiring Prayers, I 


Please to accept the inclosed Sermon. [Mr. Willard's 
Sermon marbled.] 


To Jer. Dummer JEsqr. Agent. 

Nov: 20, 1722. 

Sir, — Looking over a file of Letters this morning, I 

met with your obliging Letter of the 2 d of May, 1721, 

wherein you express your Kindness in purposing to have 

sent me the new volume of Dr. Owen's Works. The 

Desire of a Man is his Kindness ; which I ought to be 

1 1 Peter, ii. 13. — Eds. 


Thankfull for, if there had been no more ; But you have 
been before-hand with me in Presents of this kind, which 
I Thankfully Acknowledge. I now ask your Acceptance 
of Mr. Willard's Sermon as to the National Conversion of 
the Jews. I do not know that I have ever seen so much 
to the purpose in so little room in any other Author. As 
for the Appendix, it was affixed to account for the singling 
out this Sermon, to Reprint it. With respect to what is 
further offered, 

Et veniam pro laude peto 1 — 

I remember there is a Rule in Arithmetick, call'd the 
Rule of Falsehood, which produces True conclusions. 
And if I may be the occasion of discovering any Spark of 
Truth, I shall rejoice. The Printer was in haste, and if 
any thing seem harsh in the 34^ page, it may be softened 
by considering That what Mr. Willard says, I say, The 
Sermon and the Appendix must be taken together. It is 
a very awfull Truth, that the Body of that Nation were 
destroyed, and exposed to a cursed Dissipation. Wherein 
I have departed from Dr. Owen, it must always be pref- 
aced with Pace tanti Viri ! It is impossible that the New 
Covenant mentioned Jer. 31. should be in Being for Sev- 
enteen Hundred years, and yet the miserable Jews still 
remain Lo-Ammi. The New Covenant and the New 
Nation will start together, and run on in a parallel Dura- 
tion in Holiness and Happiness. 

In our difficult Times, the Inhabitants of Westfield have 
builded them a very roomthy and beautifull Meetinghouse. 
Mr. Edward Taylor my old class-mate at the College, 5 or 
6 years above Seventy, is preaching in it. He had an 
aversion to it, because it was not built just in the same 
spot the former sorry house was. The new one is built 
upon a little knowl, that it might be out of the way of the 

1 Ov. Trist.,I. 7. 31. — Eds. 

VOL. II. — 10 


Overflowing of the River. I writ to Mr. Taylor to incline 
him to remove to his New House ; and suppos'd him to 
bespeak his Church in this manner, 

Conjux crede mihi, si te quoque Collis habebit, 
Te sequar ascendens, et me quoque Collis habebit. 1 

I am happy in a third Wife, Mrs. Mary Gibbs ; Her 
Maiden name was Shrimpton. Desiring Prayers, that I 
may not fail of being married to CHRIST, I am 

Sir, your most humble Serv* S. S. 

Let Mr. Newman have the inscribed Sermon, with my 
Service, and the papers. N. Inclosed in this Packet Two 
of Mr. Willard's Sermons, two Memorials, two of Mr. 
Stoddard's Questions and Answers, and one Catalogue of 
1721. Auris, mens, oculus 2 

Deliverd this Packet to the Lieut. Gov r , Nov r 20, 1722. 


Copy of Col. PepperrelVs Letter to me, dated Kittery, ]Sfov r 6'*, 1722. 

\_Recd JVbv r 9'*.] 

Hoxord Sir, — This comes by my Son, who would 
have been at Boston some Moneths past, had not his 
Health hindered him. I understand by him he has chose 
your Grand-daughter, Mrs. Mary Hirst, for his consort. 
She is wholly a stranger to me : but the good character I 
have heard of her, and considering your good Family, I 
am very free to it, and Rejoice at my Son's choice. I am 
with due respects to your self, and good family, Honor' d 
Sir, your most Humble Serv fc Wm. Pepperrell. 

1 See mite, page 105. — Eds. 

2 See Vol. I. 387. — Eds. 



My Answer. 

November 21, 1722. 

Honor? Sir, — Your most obliging Letter of the 6 th I 
received the 9 th current, by the acceptable Bearer your 
Son. Who am I ? that I should be permitted to live to 
Age ; to Marry ; and to receive from the GOD of my Life, 
and Length of my days, desirable Children and Grand- 
children ? 

And that one of my Grand-children should be chosen 
By a very Worthy Son of a good Family, to be his wife. 
I look upon it a singular Favour of divine Providence, 
wherein a remarkable Instance is given, to prove that 
GOD is a Father of the Fatherless. 'Tis very obliging 
that you rejoice in your Son's choice. And you may be 
assured, that my Grand-daughter Mary Hirst, and her 
Relations rejoice in the same. The distance of your 
Habitation inclined me to consent to the Publishment the 
last Thorsday ; presuming that the Example of Eebekah 
doth justify the procedure. Let us pray that GOD may 
make the Match prosperous and joyfull to Parents and 

Please to accept of the inclosed Sermons 1 one for your 
self, and the other for Madam Pepperrell, from Honor d 
Sir, your most humble Serv* S. S. 


To Mr. John Boydell in London. 

March 28, 1723. 

Sir, — Now that I hear the good News of your safe 
Arrival the 20 th of December, 'tis high time to write to 
you. I have had my health well since your going off : 

1 Conversion of the Jews ; Divine Afflations ; both Marbled. 


I shall be glad to hear that you have enjoy 'd yours. Mr. 
Daniel Rogers of Ipswich, Justice of Peace, and Register 
to Col. Apple ton, left his life somthing tragically the last 
Winter. He went from home on Friday the last of No- 
vember, to Hampton ; and was returning on Saturday the 
first of December; Dined with Mr. dishing of Salisbury; 
and then proceeded in his Journy toward Newbury; but 
went out of his way to the left hand, and went dowm to 
the Sea ; and was moroond and bewilder' d upon the 
Beach and Marishes, and at last benighted. That Satur- 
day night there was a great Gust of wind with Snow and 
Hail, whereby a vessel in Merrimack River was driven 
down ; her Anchors could not hold her. But near a ledge 
of Rocks on Salisbury side, call'd the Black Rocks, the 
Anchors held again. They put out two Anchors in the 
Stern; and 'tis conjectur'd Mr. Rogers saw the Light, and 
attempted to wade over Black-Rock Cove, to get to it : 
but he sunk fast, and the rising Tide overwhelm'd and 
drowned him. Though his Horse and Cane were found, 
and hundreds sought after him, yet he w r as not found till 
January 14 th by a Guner, accidentally. He w r as then con- 
vey'd to Ipswich, and there buried with his honorable 
Ancestors, much lamented. 

Upon the 28 th of December I was under a painfull sur- 
prise, being told that his Excellency our Governour was 
gon a- board Capt. Durell, in order to go off. How r ever, 
the Governour having given Order that Notes should be 
put up in the Congregations on the Lord's Day Dec r 30 th 
to desire Prayers for him going to Sea, I took this to be 
a friendly, and Christian taking leave of us. And Prayers 
are still continued, that God would preserve him, and help 
him in his absence, to promote the Wellfare of the Prov- 
ince. On the 28 th of January died Mr. Joshuah Gee, who 
had drunk Algier Water and was good after it. And 
Madam Steel a worthy Gentlewoman, died about the 
same time, For whom Mr. Colman preach'd a Funeral 


Sermon, On the 8*? of March died the amiable and be- 
loved Mr. David Stoddard, in the 38^ year of his Age, 
much lamented. His Bearers were his Honor the Lieut. 
Governour, and Col. Tailer ; Col. Fitch ; and Mr. Belcher, 
Mr. Lechmere and Mr. Jekyll. Capt. William Pepperrell 
of Kittery married my Grand-daughter Mrs. Mary Hirst, 
the 21 of February last. Mr. John Campbell courts Mrs. 
Mary Pemberton ; and tis said, does very nobly by her. 

As I took complacence in the Relation you stood in to 
me here, So if you see cause to come over again, your 
Return will be very Acceptable to me. 

My Duty to his Excellency our Governour. Service 
to Mr. Agent Duramer, Mr. Newman — I am Sir, your 
friend and humble Serv* S. S. 


To Gov* Saltonstall. 

Feb. 4* 172f . 

Gave his Honour my humble Thanks for his real Help 
in procuring for me £30. on account of Madam Franklin. 
I prayd Mr. Brandon to send my Acknowledgment with 
my Receipt, dated Janf 7 th . I did not see your Honor's 
very obliging Letter to Brother Williams, till this morn- 
ing I went to his house, and he shewed it me. He him- 
self is preparing an Answer. Inclosed the Gazette with 
the Parliamentary Addresses to His Majesty. 



To the Revd. Mr. Thomas Cotton in London. 

Boston, June 12, 1723. 

Mk. Thomas Cotton. 

Sir, — These are to condole with you the loss of our 
worthy friend Madam Bridget Usher, who departed this 
life the 25*? of the last Month, being Saturday at about 


two a Clock in the afternoon, after about a fortnights 
Indisposition, and according to her express desire was 
Intere'd at Brantry May 30 th , in the Grave of D r Leonard 
Hoar her first Husband, and her younger Daughter Try- 
phena, and The Doc 1 " Mother and Sisters. The Corps 
was attended about half a mile in the Street leading 
thitherward by the Bearers, being the Honb'f W m Dum- 
mer Esqr. 11 Gov r and Comd? in Cheif, Sam 1 Sewall, Penn 
Townsend, Edward Bromfield, Simeon Stoddard and Ed- 
mund Quincey Esq rs and many others, principal Gentle- 
men and Gentlewomen of the Town, Mr. Leonard Cotton 
being the principal Mourner. It pleased God to afford 
us a very comfortable day for the Solemnity, wherein the 
Executors Col Quincey Mr. Flynt and others Gen* with 
several Gentlewomen of her cheif acquaintance proceeded 
to Brain try on Horse back and in Coaches. The distance 
is very little above ten miles. 

Inclosed is a true Copy of the Will though not attested 
as we shall send hereafter. What Estate Mad? Usher has 
left consists cheifly in Bonds, am? to One Thousand Two 
Hundred and Thirty pounds which we hope is in good 

We desire your speedy Direction and order as to the 
getting them in and disposition when got in. 

We have not found one peice of mony either Gold or 
Silver. Nor Ten Shillings in Bills of Credit, being what 
passes here in lieu of Money. However, we have deliv- 
ered Mr. Leonard Cotton his legacy and Shall go on to 
pay the Funerall Expence, not waiting for the Effects of 
the Bonds to do it with; — With our hearty salutations of 
Condolence to your Self and Lady, we conclude, who are 

Your Humble Serv t8 

Samuel Sewall. 

W? Welstead. 



To Mrs. Tryphena Grove in London, <p Mr. James 
Allen, inclosing her King, which cost £1-13-10. July 8, 
1723. Sent also the Pictures of my Lady Lisle and Lady 
Cutler, put up in a case carefully with Shreds of Paper 
written upon with Ink. N. T. G. 2. to take a Bill of 
Exchang. I inclosed two Sermons, one to Madam Grove, 
the other to my Lady Russell. The Ring I put in Madam 
Grove's Sermon. Orderd him to advise with Mr. Newman. 

July 8. Writ to Mr. Cotton inclosing an attested Copy 
of Madam Usher's Will. 

Barlow Sail'd this day, July 8. 


To Mr. Jonathan Dickinson. 

July 15, 1723. 

I have received yours of the 11^ June last, which in- 
tend to have printed in a little Time. I thank my loving 
cousin your wife for her kind Salutation, and return it. 

S. S. 


To D r Cotton Mather. 

July 24, 1723. 

Rev? Sir, — These are to congratulate you upon your 
seeing your Son take his First Degree the last Comence- 
ment. It must be pleasant to agonizing 1 [?] Dr. Increase 
Mather, to see a Grandson by his Eldest Son graduated 
in Harvard College before he dies. 'Tis a great Mercy to 

1 The use of this word, although it may not be a correct reading of the 
manuscript, can be supported by the fact of Dr. Mather's enfeebled condition 
at this time, his death taking place soon after this was written. See post, 157, 
note, and Sewall's Diary, III. 325. — Eds. 


have desirable Views for the last. Twas so with the ex- 
cellent Patriarch Israel. To demonstrat what the Bless- 
ing of a Son of good Hopes is, was the profitable Business 
of the New-South Solemnity yesterday. 

Omnis in Ascanio chari stat cura parentis} 

It must needs have been a time of Expence with you ; 
Accept of the inclosed 40 s Bill of Credit, as a token of 
my sensibleness of it. Let me have your prayers for my 
Grandson Samuel Hirst, who was exceedingly dear to his 
parents, as being their only Son. I am Sir, your obliged 
Friend and humble Servant S. S. 


To the IIon h ^ John Usher Esqr. at Charlestown. 

July 26, 1723. 

Hon- Sir, — I ask your pardon, that I have no sooner 
Acknowledged the Courtesie of your Letters. According 
to the example of our Grammar, Mutta me impedicrunt. As 
to your particular concernment with Capt. Foy, the Court 
were truly pained at your Disadvantage. Although I 
think it fell the heavier upon you, because your Attorny 
insisted upon it, to have the Judgment for lawfull Silver, 
at so much an ounce ; by which Means the Court had no 
way left them to procure any Alleviation for you. 

I confess my Failure, in that having been some part of 
the Government, I did no more to have prevented the 
Bills from sinking in their Credit ; which ought in Justice 
to have been done. And as a token of my sensibleness 
hereof, and of your great loss thereby, I ask your accept- 
ance of the inclosed Bill of Credit ; who am a partner 
with you in the calamities we groan under by the alter- 
ation of their Value. 

Mr. Foxcroft's Sermon preach'd June 2, is just printed 
off ; please to accept of 2 or 3 of them from Sir, 

your most humble Serv* S. S. 

1 Verg. Aen. I. 646. — Eds. 



To Mr. Joseph, Bourn at Bridgwater. 

Aug*. 6, 1723. 

Sir, — The above-written is a Copy of the Comission- 
ers order. In Observance of it, I now write to you desir- 
ing your coming to Town so soon as you can conveniently. 
The beginning of a Week will be the best time to come 
in, that the Comissioners may be seasonably convened. 
Praying God to incline your heart to engage in this good, 
and necessary Work, I am Sir, your Serv* S. S. S. 


To Mr. JVathanael Henchman Merchant in Boston. 

Sept"; 9, 1723. 

Sir, — Some Moneths are past away since the time we 
discours'd with you and Madam Henchman, at the House 
of your Kinsman, referring to a Demand made by you on 
Madam Usher's Estate, And a proposal was made by us 
for an Accomodation. Since which we have not heard 
from you. These are to desire you to pay what is due 
upon your Bond to the said Usher, and to take it up. 
By the inclosed News-Letter publick notice was given 
what the direction of the Will was in this Affair. We 
are Sir, your friends and Serv* 8 

S. S. W M W. Exect r . s 



To the Bev rd Mr. Thomas Cotton in London. 

Boston, Sep 11 : H% 1723. 
R, — The foregoing is Coppy of our former to you; 
Since which Sent you an attested Coppy of Madam Usher's 
Will, as now we do of the Inventory, wherein you will 


find mention of a Bond of Mr. Nathaniel Henchman's for 
£150; but to our Surprize we were presented with the 
inclosed account, by which he makes the estate D r to him 
a greater Sum, viz. £158. 15, which demand was Urged 
by A Sharp L r and is insisted upon to this day ; whereas 
we are well informed that Madam Usher constantly paid 
£7. 10. p Q r and reckon' d she had fully paid what was 
due ; which notwithstanding, there being Such an uncer- 
tainty in Law Suits, we need your direction for our pro- 
cedure, hoping Speedily to hear from you, we are 

We have sent you a Doz. of those Sermons which we 
printed in remembrance of Madam Usher and dispersed 
among her friends. 

,p Capt. William Brown. 


To Mr. Hugh Adams at Oyster River. 

7 T . 30, 1723. 

Sir, — The Sight of the Treatise you sent me on Colos. 
[?] was a great Surprise to me, as I have an Antipathy 
against the pernicious Figments therein mentioned. I 
beseech you shew them to the pious and Learned Minis- 
ters of your Province, and to those dwelling to the east 
ward of Piscataqua River; and obtain their Licence be- 
fore you publish them. I spake a few words of them to 
Dr. Mather, and the next morning he sent me a Letter, 
the Copy of which I have inclosed. I am Sir, your friend 
and Servt. S. S. 

Inclosed also the Treatise to send it back, as desired. 


To his Excellency William Burnet Esqr. at New-york. 

Sept r 23, 1723. 

Hon"- Sir, — I received yours of January 21. last past; 
and presume not to say, Multa me impedierunt, and in that 


manner apologise for my faulty dilatoriness in returning 
an Answer, but cast my self on your Excellency's Candor 
for a Pardon. I thank you for the Sermon sent me, which 
was very valuable for the Author, for the Chronology, 
and Divinity of it. I have read it diligently my self, and 
have since made friends with it. As for the Marginal 
Note out of Dr. Goodwin, It was not Mr. Willard's, but 
mine. In the first Edition, I used it to help fill up an 
empty page at the end of the whole Booke. And ob- 
serving it to be homogeneous with that part of the Dis- 
course as an Antidote against Unbelief, I now ventured 
to insert it. 

That the Jews should be made a distinct Government 
upon their Return, seems to me agreeable to the Prophe- 
sies foretelling their Dispersion and Recollection. They 
have been for very many Ages, by the wonderf ull Provi- 
dence of GOD, kept a distinct people, in their manifold 
Dispersions : And that upon their Repentance, and Ado- 
ration of the Messiah as their LORD, and submission to 
his Sceptre, they should presently be mergd in other Na- 
tions, as unfit to be seen, seems highly improbable, and 
altogether unnecessary. Why should they be incorpor- 
ated with other Nations, upon their Conversion, any more 
than France should be incorporated with Great Britain ; 
or Spain with France ? If the Maquas [?] and other 
Nations, and the Eastern Indians should be converted, 
(Which God grant!) They might well abide as they are, 
respecting their National Interests. The New Jerusalem 
is so styled, because the Citizens thereof will be mostly 
Jews. God will provide a place for them, 2 Sam. 7- 
10, 11. The Noli of them which are saved, shall walk in 
the Light of the Holy Jerusalem ; and the Kings of the 
Earth do bring their Glory and Honor into it. Rev. 21. 
2, 10, 24. But this could not be if the Jews were incor- 
porated with other Nations, and thereby become covered, 
and out of Sight. And in this respect the converted and 


gathered 1 Jews would be in a condition much inferiour to 
what was enjoyed in the Reigns of David and Solomon. 
To have the New Jerusalem every where, is to have it 
no where. Hear what the excellent and incomparable 
Mede says — " What is spoken particularly of the New 
i: Jerusalem, must not be applied to the whole Church 
" wdiich shall then be : New Jerusalem is not the whole 
" Church, but the Metropolis thereof, and of the New 
" World." Book 4, Epist. 20, p. 944. I am far from 
being positive that Judea, or any other part of Asia must 
afford situation to the New Jerusalem. I rather hope 
that America Mexicana will be that happy Place. Asia, 
Africa, and Europe have already had their Turn, And they 
ought not to envy, but to rejoice at this glorious Mar- 
riage of their younger Sister, which she has waited for so 
long. But laying aside conjectures, it behoves every one 
to be ready to follow the LAMB whithersoever He goes. 

The Numbers of Daniel were always a great Deep to 
me, not to be fathomed by the short Line of my under- 
standing ; and therefore I dare not express any opinion 
concerning them. The Lord inlighten my Darkness. 
Please to accept of the two inclosed Sermons on Madam 
Usher, and Dr. Increase Mather; and Mr. Solomon Stod- 
dard's Discourse in Answer to that Question, Whether 
God is not Angry with the Country for doing so little 
towards the Conversion of the Indians? 

I am your Excellency's most humble, and most obedi- 
ent Servant Samuel Sewall. 


To Henry Newman Esqr. 7 r 27, 1723. Acknowledg- 
ing his good Services to his Native country ; excusing 

1 To what purpose should they be gathered together with such great So- 
lemnity; if they were imodiately to be scattered abroad again? The Dutch 
^flotations. Compare Psal. 50. 5 — Gather me my Favourits, with Mat. 24. 
ul — They shall gather together his Elect from the four winds. 


my delay in writing ; I am Cundabundus — mentioning 
Mr. Mede — Gave a particular Account of my family ; 
inclosed Funeral Sermon on Madam Usher, Dr. Incr. 
Mather; 1 and 3 of Mr. Stoddard's Questions, and the 
Discourse thereon, Augt. 9. 

Seal'd to Jer. Dumer Esqr., 3 Discourses and Madam 
Usher's Funeral Sermon. 

Writ to Cous. Sam! Storke, desiring him to deliver all 
in the Bundle with his own hand. See Gov r Ashhurst's 
Letter in the Company's Book. Sent all <p Capt. Brown. 

To his Excellency Samuel Shute Esqr., Sept r 28, 1723. 
Thanks for the Salutations sent $ Mr. Boy dell. Gratula- 
tions on his safe Arrival and Health. Generality of Peo- 
ple are of Opinion, that if your Excellency do not return 
to us again, we shall not have so good a Governour. For- 
getting Injuries received, Come hither again. Inclosed a 

Funeral Sermon on Madam Usher. This I gave to 

Mr. Boydell to inclose in his Packet by Brown. 

Octob r 16, 1723. Writ a congratulatory to my Wife 
at Newtown, p Sam. Hirst, with two pounds of Chockalet 
for Mrs. Cotton delivered of a daughter the 9^ Instant. 
Would have him bring her home ; except she and her 
dater had much rather [not], should much rather that she 
should stay till Friday; Mr. Cotton providing for her 
coming home then. Intended to have come myself ; but 
the Straits of preparing my Accounts to send to England, 

1 Increase Mather died Aug. 23, 1723. Numerous sermons or obituary 
eulogies were of course prepared in Boston and elsewhere on the occasion of 
his death. The Rev. Thomas Foxcroft of the First Church in Boston was 
specially appointed to commemorate him at the funeral. His text was from 
2 Chron. 24 : 15, 16. Dr. Cotton Mather preached a sermon at the Old North. 
In the Boston News-Letter of Sept. 5, 1723, is the following advertisement: 
'^Just Published, A Funeral Sermon on the Reverend Dr. INCREASE 
MATHER, from those Words in 2 Kings 2. 12. He Cried, My Father, my 
Father, The Chariot of Israel," &c. — Eds. 


and the Approaches of the Gen! Court, and the Salem 
Superiour Court prevent me — your loving Husband 

S. S. 
2 s to the Nurse ; 2 s to the daters ; each of them one. 


To Mr. Thomas Cotton. 

Kov r 15, 1723. 

Revd. Sir, — Yours dated at Maydwell, Sept r 7, 1723, 
came to hand Nov r 2. I take notice of your great Curte- 
sies in giving me Thanks, for doing that which was my 
Duty to doe. The Pictures and the Ring are the Lega- 
cies of Mad? Usher. Am sorry for the Indisposition of 
Mad m Grove. I have followed your orders as to my Lady 
Russel's Letter of July 27 th , 1723, Mad m Groves Letters of 
July 31 and August 13, Your own large Letter of August 
3 d , all elated at May dwell. It was with Regret that I de- 
livered these Friendly Letters to the annihilating Flames, 
which had no manner of mercy upon the most affection- 
ate and Charming Expressions and Subscriptions : There 
was a Fifth Letter which seem'd to have others inclosed, 
directed to Mr. Leonard Cotton: This was forwarded to 
Hampton-Falls where he dwells, under the Ministry of 
Mr. Theophilus Cotton. 

The Inventory of Mad m Ushers Estate, is I hope re- 
ceived and it will be convenient upon the Perusal of it to 
give Orders what you will have sent to London ; and 
what you will have sold here. As I remember a large 
Bible imperfect and Bp. Halls Works are cheif of the 
Books and will not be very vendible here, but less in 
England. The joint Letter to the Executors is also re- 
ceived, with due acknowledgments for your obliging ac- 
ceptance of what we have begun to doe. My Service to 
Your Self and Good Lady, to Mad 1 ? Grove and My Lady 
Russel. Desiring the Continuance of your Prayers, I am 
Sr., your most humble and Obedient Servt. 

Samuel Sewall. 


Col. Tyng has amicably finished his Account of Dower, 
and paid the Balance, One and Twenty pounds and ten 
Shillings ; which I think is beyond what is sum'd up in 
the Inventory. 

Sir, The foregoing is Copy of what went by Capt. 
Lithered. Since that, My Simeon Stoddard has paid his 
Bond with the Interest, Eighty four pounds and four 
Shillings, which is all the needful at present from your 
most humble Servant Samuel Sewall. 

November 27, 1723. 


To Mr. William Tennison and others, a Comittee chosen by the Town 
of Sudbury, To Remove the Old Meeting -House, pursuant to an 
Order of the General Court. 

Gent n , — There is a Report that you have appointed 
next Monday, the seventeenth current, for pulling down 
the Said Meetinghouse ; which has been matter of Sur- 
prise and Grief to me. Ipswich was so happily circum- 
stanced in the Roomthiness of the place for their solemn 
Assemblies, that they built their New Meetinghouse by 
the Side of the Old. Salem wanted that Accommodation, 
and were necessitated to pull down their Old Meeting- 
house first, being obliged to erect their New House in the 
very same Spot where the Old stood. But this is not 
the case of the east precinct of Sudbury : For their New 
Meetinghouse is to be set up near a Mile off the place 
where the Old one now stands, and therefore cannot stand 
in their way. Tis a thousand Pitys, that so many scores 
of Men, Women, and Children should be turnd out of 
doors on the Sabbath-Day, at such a season as this is, 
without any apparent Necessity : The Court Granted the 
favourable Indulgence of Eighteen Moneths to do their 
work in. The Winter is an inconvenient Season for such 
a Performance. Neither can I discern how the Building 


design' d can be forwarded by this hasty procedure. I 
therefore earnestly intreat, that the Demolishing the Old 
Meetinghouse may, upon Better Consideration, be deferr'd 
for the Space of two Moneths longer : Being perswaded 
that it shall be no Grief, nor offence of heart to you, that 
you have forborn awhile to destroy the Ancient place of 
God's publick Worship, since it is very long before an- 
other can be provided. The General Court is already 
prorogued to the first of April ; and probably may not sit 
before the Court of Election. However, I am far from 
endeavouring to contravene the Order of the General 
Court and desire impartially to promote the Wellfare of 

Praying GOD to direct and prosper you in all your 
ways, I am, Gen tn your humble Serv* Samuel Sewall. 

Boston, Feb. 15, 172f. 


To Mr. Jonathan Dickinson, Feb. 22, 172|. Inclosing 
26. of Mr. Stoddard's Discourses for Gospillising the In- 
dians, and two of his cases ; Two sober Remarks, and one 
Fountain Opend. Excus'd my not Printing the Dedica- 
tion, though I valued it. I think the Pleasure and Honor 
of it would not be seemly for me. The Treatise might 
fare the worse for it. Who or what can stand before 
Envy ? I know of no Holiness now but in the Saints, and 

Christ's Institutions. Neither at Jerusalem and they 

that are most eager for the abrogated Holiness of place, 
they do not stick at handling the Living Temples of GOD 
with great Roughness and Rudeness. God is not more 
acceptably worshiped in Asia, Africa, or Europe, than in 
America. Is as acceptably worshiped in Boston Common, 
as in the best of our Meeting-houses. God in his Good- 
ness has made my wife a great Blessing to me and my 
family. My dater Hafiah under her Chronical Disease of 
her Left-Legg, could hardly Subsist without her. Your 


Remembrance Refreshes her. She presents her Service, 
and earnestly requests your Prayers. I have written 
largly to Governour Burnet. My Service to my Cousin 
Dickinson. Desiring Prayers in this most needfull Time. 


To Mr. Samuel Storlce. 

Feb. 25, 172f. 

I desire you to buy for me the following particulars, 
and send them to me by the first good Ship ; viz. 

Three pieces of good Shirting Holland, not under yard- 
wide, about 3 s and 6? <p yard. 

One piece ditto finer, about 4 s <p yard — And a pound 
of Thred to Work them. 

One piece of Garlick Holland, three quarters and a half 

Three pieces of good Cambrick for Hand-kerchiefs. 

One good black serviceable Hair-Camlet Cloak for one 
of a middle Stature ; viz. Mr. Cooper. 

Two pair of good knit Worsted Stockings, of the colour 
of the inclosed Cloth ; not to roll, not picked Snouts, but 
round Toes. Two pair of good Mill'd Stockings, of a dark 
Colour, round Toes, such as may serve me to wear in 
Winter, without any other. 

A Thousand good Needles sorted. A Dozen and Half 
of Pins, three Sorts. One Bell-metal Skillet of three 
Quarts. A Bason of good white Glass, with a Fair Brim ; 
if not too dear, send Two, of about Two Quarts, or three 
pints a-piece. 

The last Volum of Mr. Henry's Exposition on the Bible, 
that was set forth by others after his Death. 

Mr. Marshall's Treatise pleading for the Cross. Mr. 
Calf hill's Answer to it was imprinted at London Anno 
1565, which I lately bought at an Auction ; and I would 
gladly See the Book that is Answered. 

VOL. II. — 11 


My Grand-Son Mr. Samuel Hirst is bent upon taking a 
Voyage, and seeing London : I hope you will endeavour 
to keep him from Evil, and guide and steady him in the 
ways that are good. 


Extract of a Letter dated June 20, 1723. — I tender my 
very humble Service to your self, Mad U., and your Son 
the Reverend Mr. J. U — r. How do we know but that, 
in time, your Son may be the Right Reverend Father in 
God, John Lord &c. I wish heartily it may be so. This 
country grows so fast, that we must have some such Gov- 
ernment, or else we shall have no True Church among us. 
I am what we call Low Church ; i. e. I can own and am 
in perfect Charity with the established church of Eng- 
land; and so likewise with our churches in N. England. 
I think any unprejudic'd person may sit down by either, 
or both. Which concludes from Sir your hearty friend 
and Serv' J — N" W th. 

To the Rev d Mr. Solomon Stoddard of N. Hampton 
March 14, 172f, in Answer to his of Octob r 28. Gave 
him an account of Mr. Valentine's death, and Funeral; 
inclosed Dr. Mather's Sermon on Self-Murder; promis'd 
more when they could be had. Ask'd his Acceptance of 
a Sattin Cap inclosed. Told him of my Shock of a Fever, 
March 8 th The Necessary services of my wife, especially 
for me, and my dater Hanah, whoes Legg she dress'd once 
a day at least ; To do which required a great deal of dili- 
gence, Skill, and Courage. My dater has this privilege, 
that she has Ease and Rest a-bed. Thank'd him for his 
Sympathy with us in our ecclesiastical Grievances. Told 
him of my propounding to Resign my Place as Treasurer 
of the Corporation in England; 1 and that this Sickness 
fixd my Resolution. 

1 See post j 166. — Eds. 


To Mr. Experience Mayhew, March 27 th , 1724, inclosing 
Six of Dr. Increase Mather's sermons, Do thy self no harm. 
Told him of the £9. paid Mr. Eb r Allen for Eliab Cosho- 
raon. and Joseph Sketomp. The Comissioners were pleasd 
with Mr. S. Wiswall's proficiency in the Indian Language, 
and diligent preaching ; orderd him £25, which have sent 
him <p Mr. Eb r Allen. My dater Hannah. I was shockd 
with a Fever the 8 fc . h current ; A fiery Humor is fallen into 
my right Legg. Through God's Goodness, I am Recov- 
ering. I have lately read Num. 1, in course, and compar- 
ing it with Num. 26, I observe that Simeon lost 37100, 
Manasseh gained 20500, Ephraim lost 8000, and became 
least of all the Tribes, excepting Simeon. Hence I con- 
jecture that the Prophecies Gen. 48. 19, and Deut. 33. 17, 
concerning Ephraim's Superiour Fruitfullness, have not 
hitherto had their evident Accomplishment. Why might 
not H. M. and Wiswall recreate your selves in helping me 
in this Problem ? If it should apear, that the Aborigines 
of America are chiefly Ephraimites, we need seek no fur- 
ther for a Demonstration. S. S. 

To the Hon We Edmund Quincey Esqr. at Braintry, March 
28, 1724, inclosing Six of Dr. I. Mather's Sermons, Do 
thy self no harm. Gave an account of my dater Hannah. 
She sympathises with her cousin Dorothy. Sent Mnrceras 
the Noble Regius Professour of Hebrew at Paris, his Com- 
endation of Husbandry from Eccles. 5. 9. Gave an ac- 
count of my own Sickness taken the 8 th current, am 
Recovering. Now that I am entred the 73? year of my 
Age, you will pray for me, that I may be cloathecl upon 
before uncloathed. After presenting due Salutations re- 
spectively, I am Sir, your loving Cousin and most humble 
Serv! S. S. Cousin Hunt had been three days in his 
Grave, before I heard of his decumbiture. 



To the hon hl . e Penn Townsend Esqr. and the other Judges of the 
Cofhon Pleas in Boston. 

April 8, 1724. 

I am concern'd that your Honors should be troubled 
with any thing that began with me ; Indeed I fear that I 
was in an errour when I granted Administration of Mr. 
Ogilvie's estate to his father in Law Sharp, though com- 
itted to him upon the importunity of himself and Friends. 
The Perplexities wherewith the affair is now attended are 
so many, that I know not well what course to take. But 
I think both parties agreeing to submit the Decision of 
the whole to Persons of Skill and Integrity would be the 
likeliest way to bring all to a good Issue. For which end 
the Favour and Assistance of your Honors is requested 
by your Hon" most humble Serv* S. S. 

Sent it p Cousin Smith. 


" We humbly certify your Excellencies, that 

" we are humbly of Opinion that the House of Represen- 
" tatives have made great encroachments on his Maj s Pre- 
" rogative in the Instances before mentioned, and have 
" assumed to themselves the exercise of Powers, neither 
" warranted by their Charter, nor given them by Law 

" All which &c Robert Raymond. 1 

Phil. York. 2 

A true Copy. 2 Dec r 1723. 

Boston N. E. April 10 th , 1724. Copied p S. S. 

1 Sir Robert Raymond, afterwards Lord Raymond, and Lord Chief Jus- 
tice of the Court of King's Bench. His Reports are still of high authority. 
— Ens. 

2 Sir Philip Yorke, afterwards Earl of Hardwicke, and the famous Lord 
Chancellor. — Eds. 



Boston in New-England ; April 17*. h , 1724. 

For the Reverend Mr. Nathan Bassett at Charlestown 
in South-Carolina ; To animate him in his Endeavours to 
set our Great Solomon on the Throne. [This was written 
on a loose sheet of paper, and put into the New Testa- 
ment of Illyricus, Greek and Latin, with his Glosse printed 
at Basil, 1570. Letter'd on the back. The Paper of the 
Book would not bear Ink.] 

Bostonise Novanglorum ; April 17? 1724. 
Reverendo D.D., Nathani Basset, Magno nostro Solomoni, 
fidelissimo. [written on a fair leaf of Scapula printed at 
Basil MDXXC., a Folio of 1878 Columns, besides a very 
large Index, an Appendix de Dialectis Thematibus — ] 


Sir, — In February last I petitioned the hon ble Comis- 
sioners for the Indian Affairs, To dismiss me from my 
place as Treasurer, for the Reasons then mentioned ; and 
that some other might be put in my room. The Comis- 
sioners took time to consider of it, and orderd a Meeting 
to be call'd on purpose. Accordingly, by the direction of 
the Hon b ! e William Dummer Esqr., Tuesday April 21, at 
four a-clock after Noon, at the Council-Chamber in Bos- 
ton, is designd for that Meeting, when and where your 
Company is earnestly desired by Sir, your most humble 
Servant Samuel Sewall. 

To Daniel Oliver Esqr. in Boston. 

1 Probably the Rev. Nathan Basset (H. C. 1719). He died in 1738. — 



. To the Uon ,il . e Robert Ashhurst Esqr. Gov 1 ". 

May 9, 1724. 

Honb le Sir, — I hope my Account sent <p Capt. Wake- 
field, with the Commissioners Minutes, and the disposal 
of Stationary Ware, are before now Received. 

Besides what I have formerly intimated, I was shock'd 
with a Fever the last March : From which I am Recovered 
through the Goodness of God. Yet I am thereby enfee- 
bled, and confirm'd in the opinion I had of the Necessity 
of my resigning my places of Treasurer and Secretary : 
Which I did accordingly, and Adam Winthrop Esqr. was 
chosen by the Comissioners, to serve in my stead, till the 
Mind of the Hon b ! e Corporation might be known. The 
choice was very unanimous. Nine were at the meeting, 
and Eight Votes written in Papers were for him ; every 
one but his own. Two or three days after, viz. April 24% 
he signified his Acceptance and the Commissioners di- 
rected and ordered the said Winthrop to take the Com- 
pany's Mortgages, Bonds, Bills of Credit, Stationary Ware, 
and other effects, into his Hands. In pursuance of which 
Order, I have lately delivered them to him. A more full 
Account whereof will be sent to your Honour, with my 
Account of what has been transacted by me, since the 
Date of my last. 

We have had many very sudden deaths of late ; but 
none more amazingly sudden, than that of the Learned 
President of Harvard College, Mr. John Leverett, who 
when he was calld to pray in the Hall Lord's day morn- 
ing, May 3, was found dead in his Bed ! 

Praying God to keep your Honour, and the whole Hon- 
ourable Company, I take leave, who am your Honor's 
most humble and most obedient Serv' S. S. 

Inclos'd the News-Letter of May 7 th , wherein the death 
of the President is mentioned. Sent <p Capt. Osburn. 



To the hon bl . e John Usher Esqr. in Charlestown. 

May 13, 1724. 

Hon? Sir, — I received yours of the 8 fc ? current. If I 
might be admitted to advise you, I would advise you, Not 
to come over the Ancient River Merrimack, in your claim, 
lest you incur the Calamity of such as Remove their 
Neighbours Land-Mark. If you should, and prevail, 
(which I hope you never will,) Many Thousands who know 
not their Right Hand from their Left, Will rise up and 
curse you. However, I shall not seek to save my own 
Cabbin, but chuse to sink or swim with my Brethren and 
Neighbours of Essex and Middlesex. I truly sympathize 
with you in your Distresses ; and your getting well out 
of them will be a Refreshment to me. My Service to 
your Lady my country-woman. I am Sir, your most 
humble and obedient Servant Samuel Sewall. 

Sent p Mr. B. Eliot. 



Boston, N. E., June 23, 1724. 
Sir, — By the many that have arrived from G* Britain 
this year, we have not receiv'd a Letter from you, which 
has been a Disapointment to us : We have been ready to 
impute it partly to the delay of the Letters that went by 
Capt. Brown, the Ship being cast away on the Coast of 
France. We have sent you Copies of Madam Usher's 
Will and Inventory and Mr. Nathaniel Henchman's Ac- 
counts, to which we want your Answer : Also your Direc- 
tion, what of the particulars contained in the Inventory, 
to Send to you ; and what to dispose of here ; and that 
you will give us fresh orders for getting in the Money yet 
due upon Bonds, that we may the more vigorously and 
inoffensively pursue that necessary work ; and likewise, 


bow, and in what, to make Returns, it being a matter of 
much difficulty with us, tbe loss on Goods Sbipd being so 
very great and Excbange (if to be procured) so extraor- 
dinary high. If you have not already written, we ear- 
nestly desire it may be forwarded by the first Opportunity. 
With our Service to your Self, and good Lady, we are, 
Sir, your most humble Servants Samuel Sewall 

W? Welsteed. 

To the Rev d Mr. Thomas Cotton in Maidenhead Street S l . Giles's 
London, g Capt. Barlow. 
July 8 th Sent A Coppy «p 
See DecF 10, 1724. 


London, April 9, 1724. 
Mr. Samuel Sewall, 

Sir, — I received your Several Letters of the 23 th April, 
27 th Septf, 28 th of Octobf and 18 th and 19 th of Nov r last; 
In the former of which you give an Account of the re- 
ceipt of mine of the 14 th of February 1722, Copy, and the 
Original the 23 d ditto with second Bills of Exchange for 
Two Thousand and Eighty pounds New-England Bills of 
Credit, which gave you some uneasiness for want of the 
first Bills, which went by Capt. Osbourn, who arriving 
some days after, set every thing right. And by your 
other Letters understand all said Bills were paid ; and 
that you had placed out eighteen hundred and fourteen 
pounds, sixteen Shillings and Sixpence of the Company's 
Cash at Interest ; not questioning your care, that the Se- 
curities are good. 

Your Account current to the 31 th of Dec r 1722 inclusive 
is come to hand, wherein is due from you Nine Hundred 
and Fifty pounds, 12 s and 3 <l , which shall charge you with 
in a new Account. I find you desire, on account of your 
great Age to lay down your being Treasurer. But as it 
hath pleased God to continue your Sight and Faculties, 


hope you will still favour us with your continuance 
therein, having by long Experience found your zeal for 
the great Work we are engaged in, and punctual dis- 
charge of the Trust reposed in you, which I am par- 
ticularly charged to Acknowledge, and to desire your 
Continuance. Bat if you are determined otherwise, or 
by God's Providence you should be called out of this 
World, Then it is desired that Edward Hutchinson Esqr., 
Treasurer of Harvard College, have all the effects in your 
hands Delivered into his Custody. From whom please 
to take a Receipt, and send us Copy thereof. The Ac- 
count of your disposal of the Stationary Ware and what 
remains have been perused ; and the Minutes of the Com- 
issioners laid before the Court, and aproved of. The care 
taken in propagating the Gospel, and supplying the Want 
of Ministers of the Natives, by our own Nation, is very 
well. But it would be highly necessary to breed up some 
of the Natives in Learning and at the University, in order 
to qualify them for the Ministry; Which would much 
more promote the pious Work of the Conversion of those 
people, than by our own Ministers. And I have in charge 
to desire that the Comissioners will get the best of the 
Indians they can, as to Parts, Inclinations, and other 
Qualifications, and breed them up to Learning, and then 
put them to the University, to fit them for the Ministry. 

I now come to condole with you that ancient, Rever- 
end, and pious Minister of the Gospel Dr. Increase Mather, 
whose Loss, I hope, will be made up by some other per- 
son. The Sermon preach' d at his Funeral, and the other 
books, have been received, and were very acceptable ; as 
also the Accounts of those pious and godly Indians, whose 
childrens early Fruits to Christ give us great Satisfaction. 
And I hope our Labours will not be in vain in the Lord. 
But as it is the same God and Saviour now, as it was 
then, we should by those Examples be stirred up to have 
the same and greater Instances of the power of the Gos- 


pel; and Beg of God, that He would pour out plentifully 
of his Spirit upon all Degrees of them, for the Glory of 
his Name, and our Comfort ; and to see that nothing be 
wanting on our parts. I conclude with my humble Ser- 
vice to your Self and the rest of our worthy Friends in 
the Commission. So Committing to the Protection of 
God Almighty, I remain with all Sincerity, 
Sir, your most humble Servant 

Robert Ashhurst. 
[Received June 20, 1724.] 

At the Court at S* James's, the 2* day of June, 1724. 

The King's most Excellent Majesty. 
His Royal Highness ) 

the Prince of Wales j 
Arch Bp. of Canterbury 
Lord Chancellour 
Lord President 
Lord Privy Seal 
Lord Chamberlain 
Duke of Roxburghe 
Duke of New-Castle 
Earl of Westmorland 
Lord Viscount Townshend 
Lord Viscount Torrington 
Lord Carteret 
Mr. Speaker of the ) 

House of Comons — J 
Mr. Vice-Chamberlain 
William Poultney Esqr. 

Upon Reading this day at the Board, a Report of the 
Right Honourable the Lords of the Committee of Council 
upon the Petition of Thomas Richardson and Richard 
Partridge, on behalf of Joseph Anthony, John Sisson, John 


Akin and Philip Tabor, Prisoners in the Comon Goal at 
New Bristol, in His Maj s Province of the Massachusets- 
Bay in New-England, for not Assessing the Inhabitants 
of the Towns of Dartmouth and Tiverton the additional 
Taxes of one Hundred Pounds, and Seventy Two pounds 
eleven Shillings, imposed upon them by an Act pass'd 
there in the year 1722, Which appears to be for the 
Maintenance of Presbyterian Ministers, who are not of 
their Perswasion — And also in behalf of their Friends 
called Quakers, in general, who are frequently under 
great Sufferings for Conscience sake in that Govern- 
ment By which Report it appears Their Lordships 

are of opinion, That it may be advisable for His Majesty 
to Remit the said additional Taxes so imposed on the said 
Two Towns ; and to discharge the said Persons from Goal ; 
HIS Majesty in Council taking the said Report into Con- 
sideration, is graciously pleased to Approve thereof, and 
hereby to Remit the said additional Taxes of one Hun- 
dred Pounds, and Seventy- two pounds eleven Shillings, 
which were by the said Act to have been Assessed on the 
said Towns of Dartmouth and Tiverton. And His Maj- 
esty is hereby further pleased to order That the said Jo- 
seph Anthony, John Sisson, John Akin and Philip Tabor 
be immediatly Released from their Imprisonments on ac- 
count thereof. 

Of which the Governour, Lieut Governour, or Com- 
mander in Chief for the time being of His Maj s said Prov- 
ince of the Massachusets Bay, and all others whom it may 
concern, are to take notice and yield due Obedience 
hereunto. Temple Stanyan. 

N. Upon Satterday the 29 th of Aug*, Mr. Church the 
Sheriff of Bristol County haveing received the foregoing 
order from an Assistant of Rode-Island, laid it before the 
Lieut Gov r and Council, who orderd him forthwith to see 
it perform'd. Aug fc the 29, 1724. 



To Mr. Abraham Adams and 3frs. Anne Adams at Newbury {sent 
by Brother Moodey). , 

Septt 3, 1724. 

Loving Cousins, — I am griev'd to hear that you are 
still contending in the Law with your brother Stephen 
Longfellow about my honoured Father's Mortgage of 
Half the High-Field ; which must be Costly, even to the 
overcomer ; Besides the Loss of Brotherly-Kindness, which 
is invaluable. I am confident that I drew the Mortgage, 
and that no more was intended to be Granted thereby, 
than Half the High-Field strictly taken, as it was then 
fenced in ; and to take in a Surplusage of Land lying be- 
tween the Northwesterly end of the High-Field and the 
Head-Line of my Father's Farm, running from Rattle- 
Snake Rock to Philps's Brook. And therefore I earnestly 
advise and in treat you to leave off this Contention before 
it be any further medled with ; and to conclude all with a 
just and kind Agreement. The nearness of Relation pre- 
cludes me from being a Judge in this Controversy. But 
if I should live, and be called to it, I must needs give this 
evidence in the Case. Praying GOD to do Good to you 
both, and to the numerous Offspring He has Bless'd you 
with, I remain your loving Unkle Samuel Sewall. 

To Mr. Stephen Longfellow. 

Sept r 3, 1724. 

Loving Cousin, — I am griev'd to hear that you are 
still contending in the Law with your Brother and Sister 
Adams about my honoured Father's Mortgage of Half the 
High-Field ; which must be costly, even to the Over- 
comer : Besides the Loss of Brotherly-Kindness, which is 
invaluable. Therefore I earnestly advise and intreat you 
to leave off this Contention before it be any further medled 
witli ; and to conclude all with a just and Kind Agree- 
ment. Praying GOD to do you and yours Good, I am 
your loving Unkle Samuel Sewall. 



Boston, Sept 1 : 5 th , 1724. 

Gentlemen (Judges), — Not being able my self to un- 
dertake the Circuits of this Moneth, According to your 
desire, I give you my Opinion in a word or two. 

As to the Springfield Case, I think the Jury cleard the 
man : Now it seems hard to go against the Verdict of the 
Jury, in point of Fact. As I remember, the usual practice 
of the Churches has been, to wait the determination of the 
Government in cases of this nature ; and thereby see their 
way made plain as to matter of Fact. The disagreement 
of Moses and Aaron herein would be inconvenient. 

In the Hadly case, the Jury of Trials found the Bill ; 
But the Superiour Court Bevers'd all, because the Bill or 
presentment appeard to them vicious and absurd. I am 
of Opinion, this Judgment doth not clear the man of the 
Fact that he is charg'd with ; he is still rather more ob- 
noxious to the Censure of the Church, than if he had 
never been prosecuted in the Court. 

Upon the whole, I much question whether a Writ of 
Prohibition doth ly in our Superiour Court, in things of 
this nature. Here are no Spiritual Courts, and therefore 
no Prohibitions. Spiritual Courts pretend to Fine and 
Imprison ; inflict great and costly punishments ; and the 
Civil Interests and Liberties of Men are much affected by 
their Sentences. The proceedings of our Congregational 
Churches are directly contrary to them, as appears by the 
ancient Massachuset Law, p. 1, Title, Ability ; and p. 43, 44, 
Title, Ecclesiastical, Sect. 9, 10. No forcible Appearances, no 
Fines, Costs of Court, Degradations, are heard of in them. 

And therefore I am against entring into a way never 
yet gon in, not beaten, and therefore not likely to be 
the King's High- Way. Innovations are to be suspected, 
and avoided. 

Praying GOD to keep you, I am, Gentlemen, your 
most humble Servant Samuel Sewall. 


Was it ever heard of, that a Prohibition was granted 
as to any proceeding in the Congregational Churches in 
London ? 

To the hon hle the Judges of the Superiour Court. 1 


To Gov r Saltonstall. 

Sept! 5 th , 1724. 

Hon ble Sir, — Having this convenient Opportunity of 
sending by Mr. Green, I ask your Honor's Acceptance of 
two Election Sermons. They are plain but Orthodox. 
My daughter Hannah who has had a Decennium Luctuo- 
siim, was, as I hope, delivered from all her Fears, on the 
Lord's Day, Aug 1 16 fc . h . She was born Febr. 3, 1679/80. 
May I be fitted for my Dissolution! The Twelfth of 
August was Signalised with the plentifull Showers of Rain 
which by the Favour of GOD were bestowed upon us that 
day ; and with the Slaughter of the Kennebek Indians. 
Their Town and Fort up the River was become a Maga- 
zeen of Amunition for our Enemies round about. And 
M. Sebastianus Ralle, a Jesuite, and Priest, was implaca- 
ble and indefatigable in stirring up the Indians against us, 
and incouraging them to prosecute the War. If I mistake 
not, he was upon this very Wednesday very busy in writ- 
ing about his chockalet, and wines, and Indian Corn he 
had gathered, and hung up to dry for his Winter's Store ; 
which occasion'd this Distich- — 

Dt/m Cererem et Bacchum meditaris, Ralle Sacerdos, 
Vitam disperdis ; victima justa cadis. 

I have inclosed the Order of the King and Council for 
the Release of four Quakers out of Bristol Goal. The 
Order was on the 29^ of August laid before his Honor the 
Lieut Governour and Council, who orderd Mr. Sheriff 

1 The original letter is on file amongst the Suffolk Court papers now being 
arranged by William P. Upham, Esq. — Eds. 


Church, the bringer of it, to Release them forthwith. 
This will make them and their neighbours to Triumph. 

I crave your Honour's pardon, that Mr. Green's Journy 
hither has been in vain. The Plate was not so much as 
opened. Mr. Justice Davenport will give a more full 
Account of the matter. The Truth is, so many Bills of 
Credit are Counterfeited ; and it is so difficult to convict 
the Malefactors; that the Ruine of all the Colonies is 
threatened thereby. But the Lord is our Judge, the 
Lord is our Law-Giver, the Lord is our King, He will save 
us ! Praying that it may be so, I am your Honour's most 
humble, and most obedient Serv? S. S. Sept- 7*.\ The 
Lamentable Slaughter of the Dunstable Scout will be told 
by the Gazett. 


To the Rev d Mr. Seth Shove of Danbury, Sept r 16 and 
18, 1724. Inclosed in a little Linen Bag His Father's 
Book, Golden Apples, &c, Dr. Calamy's Abridgment first 
Edition, India Christiana, Two Sermons of Mr. Homes 
Reading the Scriptures, Mr. Sewall's Elect[ion] Sermon, 
Mr. Stoddards Cases and Questions, Proposals touching 
Accomplishment] Prophesies, 1 Mr. N. Hobart's Verses, 
Judicis Officium, Merrimak River 2 Copies, Judge Lynd's 
Poem 2 Copies, Dr. Mather's Sermon against Self-Murder, 
Mr. Foxcroft's Sermon July 30, 1724, with Mr. Cooper's 
Epistle, Capt. Scottow's Tears, News-Letter to Sept r IT?. 

Told him of the death of my Dater Hannah, John Sewall 
of Brooklin, My worthy neighbour Odlin, Grand-dater 
Mehetabel Cooper. Sent to Benj. Bagnal, who promises 
to send it carefully. Dum Cererem et Bacchum 

1 The full title is, "Proposals touching the accomplishment of Prophesies 
humbly offered by Samuel Sewall, M. A., and sometime Fellow of Harvard 
College, in New England. . . . Massachusetts; Boston, Printed by Bartholo- 
mew Green, 1713. Pp. 12." See Sewall's Diary, II. 392, note, and III. 
337, note. — Eds. 



Boston ; Septr. 23, 1724. 
Mr. Germsh. 

I reckon you began to dwell in my House at Cotton - 

Hill, 1 the 21 th of June, 1710. So that you have lived 

there upward of Fourteen years. The House Mr. Cooper 

lives in is too remote from his Meetinghouse, and from 

me. But more than that, his Landlord has sold it ; and 

Mr. Cooper and my Daughter know not where to find a 

convenient Habitation. This necessitates me to desire 

you, as soon as may be, to make way for their entring 

into Cotton-House, by your Kemoval to some other place. 

I am, Sir, your Loving Father and Landlord 

Samuel Sewall. 

samuel sewall to robert ashhurst. 

To the Hon^ 6 Robert Ashhurst Esqr. 

Boston, N. E., Oct. 6 th , 1724. 

Hon b ^ e Sr. — I have the honor of yours of April 9 1 ! 1 last, 
which I received the 20th. of June ; and immediately 
communicated the same to Edward Hutchinson Esqr., to 
his Honor the Lieu* Governor, and to your Commission- 
ers. An Account whereof has been forwarded to the 
Hon** 6 Company. 

These are to lay before your Honor what remains of 
my Account, and Col° Winthrop's Receipt of the Com- 
pany's Effects that were in my hands ; all save a number 
of Psalters with the Gospel of John, English and Indian, 
which ly still in my house, Folded and Bundled up. I 
apprehend it might be best to have them remov'd, and 
Gather'd, if not bound. Then they might be more safe 

and ready for use. 

1 ■ 

1 As to the residence on Cotton Hill, and the question whether Sewall 
himself ever made it his home, see paper by the late Dr. Estes Howe referred 
to in I. 159, note. — Ens. 


I have put out the Company's Bills of Credit with the 
like Care and Caution as I should have done for my self : 
And I hope none of the Securities will fail. 

I subscribe the Company's opinion as to educating some 
of the Aborigines so as to fit them for the work of the 
Ministry. For they are very fond of their own Nation, 
and their own Language ; Insomuch that Mr. Joseph 
Bo wen who succeeds Simon Papinonit at Mashpaw, can't 
prevail with the Indians to Assemble on the Lord's Day, 
unless he will preach to them in their own Language. 

We are lately surprised with the very sudden Death of 
Govern? Saltonstall Septf 20 th , Which is a great Blow, not 
only to Connecticut, but to this Province also, and the 
Neighbouring Governments. 'Tis the more concerning 
to the Commissioners who had receiv'd Intimations as if 
his Honor were added to their Number. Was born at 
Haverhill, March 27, 1666. Your surviving Servants are 
all well. 

The Disposal of Stationary Ware, is as follows, 1723/4, 
March 17. Delivered Thomas Umpas of the Vinyard, 
going a Fishing Voyage, One Primer English and Indian, 
One Psalter ditto. March 24. Delivered Mr. Experience 
Mayhew for the Vinyard Indians, Six Dosen of the New 
Primers Indian and English. 1724, April 3. Delivered 
Wamscon, an Indian engaging in Military Service at York, 
One Psalter, with the Gospel according to John, English 
and Indian. 

The kind Acceptance the Company have express'd of 
my mean Services, lays me under very great and lasting 
Obligations. Praying GOD to keep your Honor and the 
whole Hon b ! e Company, I take Leave, Who am Your 
Honor's most humble and most Obedient Servant. 

Samuel Sewall. 

VOL. II. —12 



To the Hon- Edmund Quincy Esqr. at Braintrey. 

NovembS 12, 1724. 

Sir, — I am glad to hear of the Marriage of your 
Daughter ; and Thank you for your acquainting me with 
the time designed for the Wedding, and your Invitation 
thereto. I heartily pray, that the Blessing of GOD may 
rest upon the Bridegroom and the Bride ; and the Par- 
ents (all of them) exceedingly concerned for the wellfare 
of the dear children entring into a Married Estate, may 
have cause of Rejoicing for a long time to come, in what 
Divine Providence has now graciously Accomplished : 
That may favourably continue with you from year to 
year, and Turn your Water into Wine. 

Sir, your Loving Cousin, and most humble Servant 

Samuel Sewall. 

Accept of the short Epitlialamium following 

[Mr. John Wendall of Albany, the Bridegroom ; Mrs. 
Elizabeth Quincey of Braintrey in the Province of the 
Massachusets Bay in New-England, the Bride] 

Feria Quintet, Novembris duodecimo, 1724. 

Parvula cognatum oonscendis epistola Montem, 

Connubijque faces Splendentes visere gestis. 

Et Sponsum, et Sponsam,jubeo syncere Salutes ; 

Perpetua vigeant conjuncti prole beati 

In mare dum currunt Hudson Carolusq\_u~]e profundum. 



To the T2ev d Mr. Thomas Cotton in London. 

Dec 10, 1724. 

Sir, — We have received no Letter as yet, and continue 
our desires, that you would Speedily write to us. The 
bearer Mr. John Barton is taking a Vova^e for England. 


He is one of your Debtors upon Bond for One Hundred 
pounds. He has paid the Interest here, and hopes to re- 
ceive Money at Portsmouth, out of which to pay you the 
Principal, which may be very Convenient. And upon our 
being duly certified thereof, we shall give him up his 
Bond cancell'd. Mr. Barton is our neighbour, and an 
honest man. S. S. W. W. 

N. Sent a copy of June 23, 1724, and the foregoing, by 
Mr. Barton. And purpose to send the same over again 
under cover to Mr. Sam. Storke. 

Pray send word how to direct a Letter to you, especially 
if remov'd to new Lodgings. 


To Mr. Samuel Storke Merchant, Ayloff Street, Goodman Fields, 


Dec r 10*\ 1724. 

Sir, — The Trunk of English Goods sent p Capt. Os- 
burn, came to my hand in good order and well-conditiond. 
I am already wearing some of the Linen. I thank you 
for your effectual care in sending all the Memorandums. 

I pray you to deliver the inclosed to Mr. Cotton, Madam 
Usher's Son-in-Law, with your own hand. Mr. Welsteed 
and I are her Executors, and would fain have the Busi- 
ness finished. Especially, because our Bills of Credit grow 
less and less in their value yearly And we want fresh and 
full Orders for the better accomplishing what is to be 
done. Mrs. Hannah Sewall my eldest daughter died the 
16^ of August last, when I hope, she was freed from all 
her Pains and Fears. She had livd About 6 Moneths 
above forty-four years. May I who have buried so many 
children and Grand-children, be in a preparedness for my 
own Dissolution. Of fourteen children, I have three only 
left alive; viz. Samuel, Joseph and Judith. I have an 
aged Unkle and Aunt at Bishop Stoke. My Aunt Mrs. 


Alice Dummer is very aged ; my Unkle Mr. Nathaniel 
Dummer is at least two years older than I. Commend 
me to Mr. Storke your Brother, and let him give me an 
account of them, and of Mr. Nathaniel Dummer of Comp- 
ton. Charge the Postage of this Letter to my account. 
1 thank you for your kindness to my Grandson Sam. 
Hirst. I pray that the Blessing of God may rest upon 
you and yours. Desiring your Prayers, I am Sir your 
loving Cousin and humble Serv* S. S. I would have you 
enquire what all S* Jerom's works will cost ; and what the 
Works of S* Ambrose, and send me word. 
To Mr. Sam 1 Storke In Aylof Street, Goodman Fields, London. 


To my honoured Aunt Mrs. Alice Dummer at Bishop- Stoke near 


Dec*. 14, 1724. 

Honoured Aunt, — It is now some time since I have 
received any particular account of your Wellfare. I pray 
the favour of you to acquaint me how you pass along in 
your Christian Course now in your great Age, which I 
presume exceeds four score years : That you would let 
me know the State of your family, Sons and Daughters. 
I was a young child when you married ; and yet have 
seen many changes. I have liv'd ever since the 29 th of 
March, 1722, with my third wife, who has prov'd a great 
Blessing to me in my advanced years, especially in suc- 
couring my eldest daughter Hannah Sewall, who laboured 
[under] the pain and danger and fear of an extraordinary 
sore Legg, which came at first by a fall. She died the 
Sixteenth of August last, in the forty fifth year of her 
Age. As it was the Lords Day Sabbath, so I hope she 
entered into her Saviour's Rest, being freed from all her 
Pains and Fears. I have of fourteen Children, Seven Sons 
and Seven Daughters, only three left alive ; viz. Samuel, 


Joseph and Judith. These three have each of them one 
Sone left alive. Joseph's was Nine years old last May. 
Five of my daughter Hirst's children are living; viz. 
Mary, Samuel, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Jane. Capt. Wil- 
liam Pepperrel married Mary, and has a daughter by her, 
who will be a year old, if she live out this Moneth. My 
Father's Five Daughters and Three Sons are reduced to 
Two Sons, and one Daughter. My Brother at Salem is of 
late greatly afflicted with the Gravel. And my Sister 
Dorothy Northend at Rowley, though the youngest of all, 
is but weakly. Tis more than a year ago since she buried 
her daughter Jane Payson, a very desirable child, and 
well married. Many children and Grand-children are 
Sprung of my Father's Eight; insomuch that I cannot 
reckon them up. I earnestly desire to leave them with 
HIM of whom the whole Family in Heaven and Earth 
are Named ; that He may call them over, and Bless them ! 
I would fain know how my aged Unkle at Upper Horton 
doth ; and also his Namesake my loving Cousin, and all 
your Sons and Daughters. Praying that God would con- 
duct you safely to the end of your Race ; and desiring 
your Prayers for me and mine, I rest vour loving Cousin 
and humble Serv* S. S. 


To Mr. John Storlce. 

Dec* 15, 1724. 

Sir, — These are to acknowledge your readiness in 
sending Money to my Namesake your Brother in London, 
to buy a few necessary Memorandums, which came safe 
to hand <p Capt. Osburn. Let the inclosed be safely de- 
livered to my honoured Aunt. We are all well. Now 
Madam Dumer is dead, my loving Cousin your Sister 
Storke must take her pen in hand again, and give me an 
account of my dear Relations, especially at Bp. Stoke. 
Put the postage of this Letter to my Account. Send me 


an Account. I pray that CHRIST may powerfully assist 
ns in making up our ACCOUNTS at the great Audit Day ; 
and desiring Prayers, I am Sir, your loving Cousin and 
humble Serv* S. S. 

Col. Denison of Ipswich, and the Revd. Mr. Samuel 
Thomson of Clocester are dead, much lamented. 

Sent this Letter <p Capt. Osburn. 


To the Rev* Mr. Timothy Woodbridge at Hartford. 

Feb. 25, 172f 

There is no likelyhood of my ever seeing Hartford 
again. Accept of this Epistolary visit to present you 
with Mr. Column's Sermons on the Sabbath. 'Tis a prin- 
cipal Honor of the first Planters of N. E. that they shewd 
the Aborigines the Hebdomadal Revolution ; and invited 
them to keep holy the Sabbath Day, as an Homage abso- 
lutely necessary for them to do to their Omnipotent LORD 
as their Creatour, and Redeemer. I can read a good book 
at home. Fy for Shame ! The presenting our selves be- 
fore GOD in the solemn Assembly caiiot be dispensed 
with. — Inclosed also Mr. Mayhew's Sermon, Mr. Homes 
reading the Scriptures, 2 Mr. Sewall's Elect. Sermon, Mr. 
Stoddard's Treatises I printed. 

I have read this week of a Wonderfull Lake in Carniola 
in Germany, Thesaurus Geographicus, p. 230, col. 2. 
Such surprising Alternations are convenient for us, in our 
present state : May we be prepared to entertain them. 
Mentioned my dater Hawaii's death. Condol'd the Loss 
of Mr. Burr. Mr. Richard Henchman's Death. Mrs. j 
Abigail Brown of Salem. Mrs. Arnold. My Son the 
Minister, his 2 d Sickness. Scipio's death : I want a staff, j 
am seeking to procure one from Newbury, if I can. I j 
have an Antipathy against Slavery, &c. S. S. 

P. S. Feb. 2G, 5 p iii. Cousin William Gerrish just 


now comes in, and tells me that Capt. Lovell of Dunsta- 
ble came up with Ten Indian Men last Satterday night 
(that stormy night) and kill'd them all. Took Ten Guns, 
Twenty pair of Snow-Shoes, and some Bever. 


To his excellency William Burnett Esq r , Governour &c. 
March 22, 172f, p the Rev? Mr. Elisha Callender, now 
going to New- York, at his desire : He married the daugh- 
ter of Mrs. Sarah Smith widow of Bristol on Mount-Hope, 
and wants to prove a Will of his Father-in Law, who laid 
violent hands on himself and so died above 20 years ago. 
If their Laws would allow it, prayd his excellency Favour 
for the bringing it to pass. Commended the Widow, 
hoped his Excellency would not repent his defending her, 
and her disconsolat family. Thank'd his Excel, for his 
Book given me, upon the Prophesies of Daniel, which his 
Hon r our Lieut. Gov r deliverd me. Asked his candor in 
accepting two of Mr. Sewall's Election Sermons Marbled. 
Sent my Verses on Merrimack River, with the occasion. 
Haverill is about Seven Leagues from the River's Mouth. 
One may as well argue that Hudson's River reaches no 
further than Albany, as that Merrimack extends not be- 
yond Haverill because the Sea flows no further. Crav'd 
his Excel, pardon for my presuming to Speak on the be- 
half of another, who am undeserving personal Access. I 
am with great deference your Excel? most humble and 
most obedient Serv* S. S. 


To the Hon h - e William Dumer Esqr. &c. mid to the Hon hJ ^ the Council. 

June 4, 1725. 

May it please your Honour, — I was yesterday sur- 
prised with the great and undeserved Respect shewed me 


by your Hon 1 " and the lion b . le Board, in calling me to Coun- 
cil by the bon ble William Tailer Esq r , Benjamin Lynde 
Esqr. and Addington Davenport E.sqr. And forasmuch 
as 1 am unable to come, I esteemed it my bounden Duty 
to send my Answer in Writing. 

I have under the present Charter, served this Province 
Three and Thirty years, I hope, faithfully. I pray God 
pardon My Unfaithfullness. 1 have been elected Three 
and Thirty Times : I cannot but wonder at the Constancy 
of the Electors ! 

This year, a Time of War, I find my self under an insu- 
perable Indisposition to serve, especially considering my 
enfeebled state of Health; the other publick Employ- 
ments lying upon me, and very weighty Business of a 
more personal concern necessarily requiring my diligent 
Attention. I therefore humbly pray that. my Recess may 
be taken in good part ; and that my seeking the Shade, in 
my weary Circumstances, may be favourably indulged. 
Praying God to Assist and prosper your Honor, the Hon ble 
Board, and the whole General Court, I take leave to sub- 
scribe my self your Honours most humble, and most obe- 
dient Servant Samuel Sewall. 

I got Mr. Gerrish to write it out fair, and carry it to 
the Council Chamber, between 10 and 11 aclock mane. 


The Memorial of Timothy Cutler, Samuel Myles — Ministers of 
the Established Church of England in Boston, humbly presented 
to the ho?i hle William Dummer Esqr. Lieutenant Governour of His 
Majesties Province of the Massachusets Bay; the Honorable 
His Majesties Council and Representatives of the said Province, 
in General Court Assembled, this 10'.* day of Jane, 1725. 

Whereas w r e are informed that a Memorial has been 
presented to this Hon* Court, and that the Prayer of it 
hath already been Granted by the Hon b ! c His Maj s Council, 


and is now depending in the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives — Therefore we humbly beg leave to offer 
the following Keasons against the said Memorial 

1. The Matter of the Petition being General, respect- 
ing the Miscarriages of the whole body of people in this 
Land, it is presumed to comprehend the Churches of 
England, wherein the Petitioners have no right to in- 

2. Whereas by the tenor of the Petition, which is to 
revive decaying Piety, in conformity to the Faith and 
Order of the Gospel, The Explication of which general 
Terms, the Petitioners refer this Hon ble Court to a time 
(45 years ago) when there was no Church of England in 
New-England — We therefore apprehend, That the 
Synod petitioned for is designed to prejudice the people 
of the Land against the Said Church : And we have little 
reason to expect, that in such a Synod, she will be treated 
with that tenderness and respect that is due to an Estab- 
lished Church. 

3. As the Episcopal Ministers in this Province are 
equally concerned with the Petitioners for the Purity of 
Faith and Manners in this Land, it is Disrespectfull to 
them, not to be consulted in this important Affair. 

4. Whereas it is desired, That the several Churches in 
the Province do meet &c. It is either a hard reflection 
upon the Episcopal Churches as none, in not including 
them: And if they are included, we think it very im- 
proper, it being without the knowledge of their right 
Reverend Diocesan, the Lord Bishop of London. 

5. Whereas by Royal Authority, the Colonies of Amer- 
ica are annexed to the Diocese of London : And inas- 
much as nothing can be transacted in Ecclesiastical matters, 
without the Cognisance of the Bishop : We are humbly 
of opinion, That it will neither be Dutifull to His sacred 
Majesty King George, nor consistent with the Rights of 
our Right Reverend Diocesan, to encourage, or call the 


said Synod, untill the pleasure of His Majesty shall be 
known therein. 

We humbly pray this Hon- Court to take the Premises 
into their Serious consideration. Timothy Cutler. 

Samuel Myles. 

In the House of Representatives, June ll 1 ! 1 , 1725, Read. 

In Council, June 14 th , 1725, Read. 


To the Rev'} Mr. Thomas Cotton at Hampsted near London. 

June 23, 1725. 

Sir, — Although Mr. Welsteed and I writ to you jointly, 
together with the Revd. Mr. Colman, the 21*- current, yet 
I think it convenient to add a few Lines. As for Mrs. 
Palmer, she lives 100 Miles off, and is therefore uncapable 
of doing any thing for us. I had sent to her by a friend 
passing through Stonington, and she sent me the money 
by her Son-in-Law, Mr. William Worthington, Minister 
of one of the Precincts of that Town ; which I received 
Jan r 20 th , a Moneth before your Letter was written. Ac- 
cording to your Order of Febr. 23, I advised Mr. Penhal- 
low, and paid him the Fifty pounds May 13 th . In his 
Receipt he mentions that it is for the use of Mrs. Judith 

Yours of April 8 th , 1725, I received June 9 th and writ a 
Letter to Mr. Cotton by the next post, and he came to 
Town yesterday, and I paid him the Fifty pounds, and 
took his Receipt. Mr. Cotton is very glad, and tbankfull 
for your Remembring him thus effectually, presents his 
Duty to you, and to Madam Cotton ; seems to bemoan 
himself, that he had not the happiness of a Letter. He 
has married a Wife here, and has a child by her. 'Tis 
rumour d he has a wife in England, which hinders my 
embracing him as I am desirous to doe. Bonds are drawn 
and executed for Referring Mr. Henchman's account. We 


have been disapointed in sending the Goods you write 
for: Capt. Perkins, husband of her that is called Lydia 
Vifuen, 1 has had a long languishing Illness, of which he 
died the last week, by which we have been deprived of 
her Assistance. I acknowledge the favour of Madam Cot- 
ton's Letter. My Service to you both. Am sensible of 
your obliging Respect. Desiring Prayers, I am your most 
humble Serv' Samuel Sewall. 

P. S. Please to write your sums in words at length. 


To the Rev d Mr. Peter Thacher of Milton, 2 July 13, 
1725, Congratulating his Recovery. Mentiond his Letter 
of July 14, 1676, from London. 14 therein express'd by- 
name are gone to their Long Home. Our worthy Kins- 
man, Capt. Ephraim Savage is left alone ; enterd this 
Moneth the 81 year of his Age. Our Class. I am under 
such decays that they ought to put me in mind to cry 
out, I fall ! Lord JESUS Receive me ! Hoping to see 
you at my house and desiring Prayers, I am — 

Inclos'd Mr. Sol. Stoddard's Questions and Answers. 

July 19 th , 1725. Wrote Mr. Samuel Storke inclosing 
Cap* Diamond's Bill of lading for 


Mr. Thomas Cotton and M rs Bridget Cotton. 

J U l y 10ft 

This goes under Covert to Mr. Samuel Storke, and 
Se[r]ves for Covert of the inclosed Account of perticulers 

1 Lydia Vifuen or Vivien was widow of John Vifuen. See Sewall's Diary, 
III. 304, note. — Eds. 

2 Rev. Peter Thacher, of Milton, died Dec. 18, 1727. Sewall's Diary, III. 
387. See Ibid., note, for a short account of the family. — Eds. 


of what Contained in Bill of lading Sent to him who we 
doubt not, but upon arrival will take care to receive and 
forward to you. There are Several perticulers ment d in 
the Inventory which are already clispos' d of here by Madam 
Usher's desire, according to a Schedule given by her to 
M ra Lidia Vivion, now Perkins, for that purpose. Some 
of the Clothes we forbear sending least they should be 
seized, under the Notion of East India Goods. So Shall 
wait for your further direction about E m . Wishing what 
we now Send well to your hands, are with due respects 

Schedule of Articles. 

An Account of what was put up in Madam Usher's 
Chest June 29, 1725, to send to London, according to the 
Order of the Rev d Mr. Thomas Cotton, and his Lady 
Madam Bridget Cotton ; To send by the Mary Gaily, 
Thomas Dimond Commander. 

Imprimis, One pair of Sheets, Five Table-Cloths, Thir- 
teen Napkins; Diapar, and Damask; Nine Towells, One 
pillow-bier, Seven Holland Shifts, and a Flanel one. 
Twelve pair of Sheets. Nine aprons, five of them short. 
Nine Hoods of several sorts, one Night-Rail. Four Head- 
Dresses. Three pair of Pockets, one Stomacher. Eight- 
een Hand-kerchefs ; Linen, Silk, Gaws. One Red silk 
Purse fiird with Knots and Girdles. 

One black Paddisway Suit ; One Linen Gown and Coat. 
One New Suit of blew Damask Lined with blew Lute- 
string; One Satin Night-Gown and Coat lined with Red 
Lute-String ; One Silk Dress Gown. 

One full Suit of Striped Satin lined with Cloth-colourd 
Lutestring, One Silk Night-Gown, and three pairs of Stays. 
One pair Silk Stockings, one pair ditto Worsted, One pair 
of Shoes ; one Scarf ; two Feather Screens, one black 
Quilted Coat, and two Silk Bonnets. 

Several Pieces of Earthen Ware were stowd among the 


Two Rings deliverd Capt. Dimond. 

I am blest in whom my heart doth rest ^ 

The R fc Honb ,e L d James Russell ob\ 22 June, 1712. V 
w* 8 p. w* 8 Grains. J 

Plate put into the Cotton and Linen Bag Seald up. 

One Tankard standing upon Lions ; one large Plate, 
One Salver. One large porringer with a Cover. One 
small Cann. One Candlestick and Snuffers. Two Salts. 
One Pepper Box. One Money-Box. One Seal & c , one 
Fork, one Tabacco Stoper. One small Tumbler, One 
Thimble and Three broken pieces of Silver. 

W* 98 ounces, Four peny w* and 7 Grains. 

Books in the Box, 

One Fol. English Bible, 1682. One Quarto ditto. One 
N. E. Psalm-Book. Dr. Owen's fourth part of his Expo- 
sition on the Hebrews. 

One Manuscript in Quarto. A Psalm-book recomended 
by Dr. Manton &c. Dyke's worthy Comunicant, Cole's 
Christian Religion : Colman on the Ten Virgins ; Dr. 
Mather on the Beatitudes. Ryther's Plat for Mariners : 
Foxcroft's Godly Mans Death. 

Dr. Owen on the Glory of Christ. Trinity vindicated. 
Spiritual Songs. Funerall Sermon on Grove Hirst Esqr. 
Dr. Sibbs's Christian's Portion. Twelve Sermons by Mr. 
Wadsworth. Dr. Patrick's Version of the Psalms. Five 
Sermons by Dr. Mather. Pearse his Preparation for 
Death. Mitchell of Glory. Mr. Tomlyns Sermons. Doo- 
littell of the Lord's Supper. Mr. Pearse's last Legacy. 
Fox's Door of Heaven. Manuscript Octavo, Myrtle 
Grove. Sermons of Mr. Joseph Stephens. Grail's Sum 
of the Holy History. Hymns and Spiritual Songs p Mr. 
Watts. Disce Vivere, English Letter, pages 558. Be- 
sides several small Books unbound but stitch'd only. 

Boston, July 19, 1725. The foregoing is Account of 


what is now a-board the Mary Galley, Thomas Dimond 
Comander, for London ; and goes consignd to Mr. Samuel 
Storke, to whom we inclose Bill of Lading. 

Samuel Sewall. 

W* Welsteed. 


To Mr. Winthrop of New- London. 

Aug 1 12, 1725. 

Sir, — I am glad to hear of your Recovery from your 
long and dangerous Fit of Sickness, and the health of 
your Lady, and flourishing family. Madam Winthrop de- 
parted last week in the Sixty first year of her Age. Her 
Will was prov'd the 10 th Inst*. Has made her Son and two 
daughters her Executors. I was concernd for your Debt, 
and upon enquiry, was told, that the principal was entirely 
due, and above two years Interest. I hope the considera- 
tion of your having been lately on the brink of the Grave 
will awaken you to discharge your Debts, lest you should 
leave that heavy Burden opressing your dear wife and 
children. Pray Sir, Doe this necessary work immediatly. 
Qui non est hodle eras minus aptus erit} All your Friends 
agree in this Advice, and desired me to write to you. I 
wish I my self might be so hapy as to follow this Counsel, 
which I have syncerely given you. 

Capt. Samuel Phipps was interd last Monday. On the 
same day Mrs. Goffe of Cambridge died, after long Lan- 
guishing. Judge Lynde, Author of the inclosed, is to at- 
tend her Funeral this day. The Reverend Mr. Wadsworth 
is settled in the late President's house ; Remov'd thither 
the 29 th of July last. May we be cloathed upon, and pre- 
pared to remove to our Heavenly Mansions. I am Sir, 
vour real Friend, and humble Servant S. S. 

p Mr. Bulkly. 

i Ovid, Kern. Am. 94. — Eds. 



Sept r 16, 1725. Send Col. Phillips Dr. Sibbs's Bruised 
Reed, inclosing it in a short Letter; Lend it him till Jan- 
uary Court 

Sept!" 23. Writ to Mr. Taylor of Westfield p Judge 
Davenport; inclosed the Comencment Theses, this days 
News-Letter. Gave an account of Capt. Phipps's Age, 
Death and Burial, is succeeded by his son. Hope the 
days of excellent Mr. Chauncy are returnd. 

Sept r 23. 1 Mr. Hedman visited me at his going off, 
with great Respect. I sent by him a very short Letter 
to Mr. S. Storke. Cousin Sarah informs me that her Hus- 
band is willing to undertake my business ; I do therefore 
order that he do it; Mr. Thomas Storke of Rumsey. 
Have given up cancell'd Mr. Barton's £100. Bond. In 
yours of Febr. 5* I have your Account ; and the sad News 
of the death of Mr. John Storke in which I have a double 


To Mr. Thomas Storke Clothier in Rumsey near Winchester. 

Dec 1 : 22, 1725. 

Mr. Thomas Storke, and loving Cousin, — After 
Condolence with you on account of your worthy Brother 
Mr. John Storke, These are to desire and Order you to 
take the Business of mine lately transacted by him, into 
your hand, and to do it for me. Send me word how the 
Account stands ; Reckon and make an Adjustment with 
Mr. John Storke's Executours, and write me word of your 
proceedings ; What Money you have of mine, Send it to 
Mr. Samuel Storke Merchant in London, that it may be 

1 Shepardson Saild this day. 


in his hand ready for my order; Receive the Rent, and 
call upon the Tenants; that they may not rim behind 
hand in paying it. Do for me as for your self, making the 
best of my little Income, forasmuch it is of great concern 
to me, who live so far ofr the Fountain of the English 
Nation. Purposing to write to your wife, this is what is 
needfull at present from 

Sir, your loving Cousin and humble Servt. S. S. 


Writ to Mr. Samuel Storke, Dec r 22, with Expostula- 
tion that have receivd no Letter of Rec* of what was sent 
p Capt. Thomas Dimond. Advisd him that had put my 
Rumsey Business into his Brother's hand. Recomended 
my Cousin Mr. John Wendell to him. Inclosd the News- 
Letter of Oct r 29, giving my Brother's Character, and the 
News-Letter of Dec r 23, giving the Articles of the Peace. 

To Mrs. Sarah Storke, thanking her for hers of July 21, 
giving an account of the death of Unkle and Aunt &c. 
Inclosd the News-Letter of Oct r 29. 

To Mr. Nathan! Dumer of Compton Dec!" 23, inclosing 
the News-Letter of Oct r 29 th . 

Capt. Ellary Sails Dec r 24 th , pleasant Weather and 

To Mr. John Winthrop at New-London. 

Jan* 4, 172 j. 

Hon* Sir, — Yours of 7r 9 th came to my hand the 17 lh 
of the same Moneth. Am glad to be certified of your 
Health, and the Health of your family. What I nien- 
tiond of Debts, Aug* 12 th , was chiefly intended of what 
relates to your Administration, which I desire might be 
well finished. I am sorry that you should surmise that I 
overrated the Friendship of others towards you, by men- 


tioning the advice of all your Friends: for I hope you have 
many Friends. Not to attribute to my self, my Eye was 
chiefly upon Major Fullam, and Mr. Edwards, who I be- 
lieved loved and honoured your worthy Father, and do 
still steadily continue their Love to you. And If I am 
reckon'd among those, that being trusted by you, have 
betrayed you, I know the contrary, which makes such a 
poisoned Arrow to rebound. I acknowledge I must im- 
partially dispense Justice to your self, and to your Sister. 
Whatsoever Hardships you have met with, I would fain 
you should not think of leaving N. England ; 't will be 
extream hard for you to find so good a Country. Moses 
met with very ill Usage, and yet an undue Resentment 
of it, bar'd his entrance into Canaan : He was not to say, 
or do any thing, that might cause the people to disrelish 
the Water, which GOD of his victorious Grace and Bounty 
furnished them with. Might we be so happy, As to carry 
an Unison with David's Harp, Psal. 37. I am much pleas'd 
with the Honor you did your self on account of Mad 
Winthrop's decease. One of her Executors lately told 
me, that two years Interest was due this Winter, and de- 
sired me to tell you of it. I could see no other, but that 
it was so. Mr. Stoddard of Chelmsford was very suddenly 
bereaved of his wife a few days ago : She died of a 
Quincey. I attended the Funeral of my dear and only 
Brother Octob r 21, at Salem. He died the 17 th . Was 
born Aug* 19, 1657, in Hampshire in England. In 1661, 
July, came over in the Ship together ; was my constant, 
faithf ull correspondent ; whereupon I wept 

Nos simul occidimus, nostra recidente corona ; 
Autumni frigns nos tetigisse vides. 

Your Brother Mr. Sewall, came in when I was writing, 
and imbrac'd the opportunity of presenting his humble 
Service to you, and to your Lady. His wife has labour'd 
under much Indisposition this winter. Heartily wishing 

VOL. II. — 13 


the Prosperity of you, and yours, I am Sir, your most 
humble Serv* S. S. 

My Service to Mr. Adams, and to Mr. Green. 


To John Winthrop Esqr. at New-London, Jan r 8, 1725/6. 
Congratulating his taking up Mad. Winthrop's Bond, which 
heard of this morning, [about 1400£.] I hope God will 
give you an equivalent for what you parted with to do it. 

Inclosd one Renatus, the only one had by me, 2 or 3 
Judge Lynd's verses. Mrs. Anne Pollard's Age 105— 
Bearers 445, 5 or 6. 1 As Joseph Fever at Rowly. 

Sent <p Mr. Richards. 

Jan r 15. Writ to Cousin Henry Sewall at Newbury, p 
Mr. Sam! Mather, It will gratify me, if you can pre- 
pare him a Lodging, or take care of His Horse, if need be. 
I pray God to furnish you with his Spirit and Grace ; 'Tis 
a great Thing to be a Foundation-stone in such a Spiritual 
Building as is now to be erected at Newbury. Am glad 
your proceedings are so far prospered, as that you have a 
prospect of having your Pastor (Mr. John Lowell) ordained 
next Wednesday. My Love to you, your wife, and chil- 
dren, and to Cousin Abraham Toppan and his Family. 
Pray for me that God would not forsake me now I am 
old and Gray-headed. 

Your Loving Unkle Samuel Sewall. 


Dunstable 30. 11. 168f. 

Kind Sir, — Having about a Moneth since, when I was 
last in the Bay, laid myself under obligation by promise 

1 See SewalPs Diary, III. 3G8. — Eds. 


to give you an Account of that Tract of Land, which som- 
times Mr. John Turner dec d was possess' d of, which falls 
within our Township; I could not (without manifest im- 
putation of unfaithfullness to my self, and ingratitude to 
your self, for kindness in many respects to me expressed) 
omit by this opportunity, as throughly as I am able, and 
as I think is needfull. Ever since my return home, I have 
entertained discourse with diverse persons concerning it. 
But not being my self satisfied with some uncertain Con- 
jectures which I had from vulgar Informers, concerning 
its position, quantity, and quality, I judged such a slender 
Report, which I must upon such Intelligence have made, 
would not have been satisfactory to you : I have there- 
fore thus long delayed to give you any account thereof. 
The last week I hapend to meet with a draught of the 
whole, as delineated by Mr. Jonathan Danforth the Sur- 
veyor; which I have extracted, and endeavoured so far 
to imitate, as to render it intelligible, which is contained 
in this inclosed paper. I shall for your more plenary 
satisfaction, comment a little upon it. The whole tract 
contains 600 Acres, which was laid out at three different 
Times, and the several parcels are distinguished by the 
points. The marked Trees are signified by this figure 
[O]. The 250 Acres Mr. Turner purchased of Mr. Ed- 
ward Cowell. The 150 Acres adjoining was granted him 
by the Gen! Court. The 200 Acres on the Southwest side 
of this plot is part of his proportion to the Right of a 30 
Acre Home-Lot, which Land he hath taken up of the 
Town, unto which 300 Acres more belong, which is not 
laid out. The Upland I understand is very good, well- 
wooded, and bearing both Oaks and Pines, in diverse parts 
of it. There is also as I am informed a considerable 
quantity of Meadow, which lyes partly and chiefly on 
both sides of the head of Salmon Brook, and partly by 
Mashapaog pond side. The Farm is distant near four 
Miles from our Meetinghouse, almost in the midway be- 


tween Dunstable and Groton. If you should be the pos- 
3or of this Land, and be desirous to build, I can supply 
you with what Boards you may want from a Saw-mill that 
is but about half a mile from some part of this Farm. If 
you desire fuller Information in any respect concerning it, 
you may I supose obtain your desire, by consulting with 
Mr. Jonathan Tynge, who is now at Boston. But I have 
already exceeded the bounds of an ordinary Epistle, and 
my Pen wearys me in writing ; I shall not therefore now 
enlarge ; but with humble Service tendred to your self, 
and Mrs. Sewall, desiring your patience with me and 
prayers for me, I shall rest, subscribing my self your 
quondam Sodalis and friendly Lover 

Thomas Weld. 1 
ffor his worthy ffriend 

Mr. Samuel Sewall 
living in Boston. 


Inclosed the original of the above copied Letter to Capt. 
Henry Farwell, with a Letter of Attorney to him, desiring 
he would strenuously exert himself in asserting and de- 
fending my Interest as for himself ; Carefulty return the 
Letter of Mr. Weld. I have inclosed your Plot, which lay 
hid in my [?] 'till I accidentally lit upon it. S. S. 

Gave his Son 3 s 6 d towards bearing his expences. 

Boston, Febr. 25, 172$. 


To the Reverend Mr. BenjimiinWadsworth at Cambridge, President 

of Harvard College. 

Febr. 3, 172f. 

Sir, — I earnestly desired to have been } T our Auditor at 
one of your Expositions in the College-Hall ; but still one 

1 One of Sewall 's ten classmates. In 1GS5 he was ordained minister at 
Dunstable and died in 170:2. — Eds. 


thing or other prevented : at last the Shortness of the 
days, and coldness of the weather perfectly discouraged 
me. Yet I wou'd endeavour to hold some Correspondence 
with you ; and my Letter may travail farther than I can. 
Am very glad of Madam Wadsworth's Recovery ; and that 
you were able last Tuesday to measure out the place for 
the President's new House, 1 and that you were not driven 
from your work by the Hectoring Wind and Snow. As 
the Situation is to me, exceedingly eligible, so I wish you 
prosperity in your proceedings. 

When I consider Heb. 1. 6, I think that Mr. Joseph 
Mede's joining irakiv with elo-aydyy makes the best Trans- 
lation, and I reckon it just, dutifully to submit to his 
Learned CORRIGE. And I ask leave to suppose the 
First-born to be the elect Church of the Jews, whose 
gathering again, and introduction into the World, we 
daily expect, and pray for. The Record of their first 
Introduction is Exod. 4. 22, — Thus saith the LOUD, 
Israel is my Son my First-born. The 31 s * Chapter of Jere- 
miah contains the reiterated introduction of this people 
of God, and is the same mentioned Heb. 1. 6, (verse 3) 
For I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is my First-born. 
Therefore there is an absolute Necessity of their being 
brought in again. God is not ashamed to be called their 
God : for He hath prepared for them a City, Heb. 11. 16, 
And the 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 Verses of Heb. 8. are a Tran- 
script from Jer. 31. It is to be observed, that this World 
mentioned Hebr. 1. 6, was the World to come, when the 
Epistle to the Hebrews was written ; although the Gospel 

had been then propagated far and near. Hab. 2. 5, 

the World to come, whereof ive speak. Dr. Owen, in his Ex- 

1 The cost of building the President's, or Wadsworth House, as it is now- 
known, was £1,800, of which sum the state contributed £1,000. On account 
of the difficulty of raising the necessary funds it was not completed until Jan- 
uary, 1727, the- delay causing the President and his family much inconven- 
ience. — Quincy's Hist. Harv. Univ., I. 382. — Eds. 

2 So is Heb. 10, v. 15, 16, 17. 


position Saith, " The subject of the Proposition is the 
" World to come ; the new Heavens, and new Earth, which 
" God promised to create, Isa. 65. 17. and 66. 22, p. 195." 
And in his IS*! 1 Exercitation, the Doctor expresses himself 
very fully for the National Conversion of the Jews, as 
p. 219, Sect. 10. " There shall be a time and season, during 
'-the continuance of the Kingdom of the Messiah in this World, 
" wherein the generality of the Nation of the Jews, all the world 
" over, shall he called, and effectually brought unto the knoivledge 
" of the Messiah our Lord Jesus Christ ; ivith ivhich Mercy they 
" shall also receive deliverance from their captivity, restaur ation 
u unto their oivn land, with a blessed, flourishing , and happy con- 
u dition therein} 

uk The thing itself is acknowledged, as far as I can under- 
" stand, by all the World, .that have any acquaintance 
" with these Things. Christians generally, do assert it, 
" look for it, pray for it ; and have so done in all Ages, 

" from the days of the Apostles. They are in 

" expectation that the Messiah will come to them; We, that 
" they ivill come unto the Messiah. And it may be, this dif- 
" ference may be ere long reconciled, by his Appearance 
" unto them, so calling them unto Faith, and Obedience." 

And p. 253. " And although they have refused and 

u rejected Him, who was promised to be their Saviour ; 
" and so continue to this day in their Captivity, Spiritual 
" and Temporal ; yet it is He, by whom, in the time ap- 
" pointed, they shall be delivered from the one, and the 

" other. Set aside their opinion concerning the 

" Perpetuity of the Ceremonial Law, and their return in 

" the Observation of it, unto their carnal Ordinances 

" there is nothing in their own expectations, but we ac- 
" knowledge that the} 7 shall be made partakers of it. Ke- 
" turn they shall unto their own Land, enjoy it for a quiet 
" and everlasting possession, their adversaries being de- 
" stroyed. Filled they shall be with the Light and knowl- 

i [Levit. 26. 4-i, 45.] 


" edge of the Will and Worship of God, so as to be a 
" guide and blessing unto the residue of the Gentiles who 
p seek after the Lord ; and it may be, be entrusted with 
| great Empire, and Eule in the World. The most of 
" these things are foretold concerning them, not only in 
" their own Prophetical Writings, but also by the Divine 
" Writers of sundry Books of the New Testament. But 
| all this, we say must come to pass, when the veil shall be 
" taken from before their eyes, and they shall look on Him 
% whom they have pierced, and joyfully receive Him, whom 
" they have sinfully rejected for so many Generations. " 

This noble Declaration, which strenuously asserts the 
effectually calling and bringing of the generality of the 
Jews, all the world over, obliges me to think that it is 
the great Work intended Heb. 1. 6, which will appear to 
be a most illustrious Period, a most Wonderfull Revolu- 
tion. According to the days of thy coming out of the Land of 
Egypt, ivill I shew unto him marvellous things. Micah, 7.15. 
Ut diebus quibus egressus es e terra Egypti, faciam nt videat ille 
mirabilia. Trem. Jun.? 1 I dare not subscribe to the opin- 
ion of the excellent Author p. 92. — "But it is the whole 
I Work of God in bringing forth the Messiah by his con- 
ception," &c. As the slaying of the Witnesses, Rev. 11, 
is not to be understood of all that befell them successively, 
in the long-lasting and wasting war continued all the time 
of Antichrist's Tyranny, but of the Emphatical Slaughter 
to be perpetrated at the end thereof. 

The Conclusion of the Eighteenth Exercitation is, " Then 
f shall they obtain Mercy from the God of their fore-fathers, 
"and returning again into their own Land, Jerusalem shall 
" be inhabited again, even in Jerusalem." p. 254. I cannot 
discern that Zech. 12. 6, doth foretell, that old Asiatic 

1 Franciscus Junius in 1573 at Heidelberg on invitation of the Elector 
Palatine, and with the co-operation of Tremellius, engaged in translating 
the Old Testament into Latin. This work has been greatly commended and 
has appeared in many reprints. — Eds. 


Jerusalem shall be inhabited by the Jews upon their Na- 
tional Conversion. 1 Minister translates the words thus, 
Manebitque Jerusalem aclhuc in loco suo. 2 In Jerusalem, 

Tremel. and Junius thus, ut pcrmaneani Jcruscha- 

laima adhuc loco suo Jeruschalaimis. See the Dutch An- 
notations. They who read the Prophesies of the Old 
Testament, must use the Light of the New, or else they 
will be in much danger of stumbling, and going quite out 
of their way. The Jerusalem spoken of, Zech. 12. 6, and 
Isa. 65. 17, 18, is the self-same City of God, of which 
glorious things are spoken, Rev. 21, where in the 5 th verse 
'tis proclaim'd, Behold, I make all things New. The Doctor 
cannot allow the Jews their Temple, Altar, Sacrifices, Cir- 
cumcision, &c. so that to lead them to old Judea again, 
might be to lead them into Temptation, and expose them 
to Shame, and everlasting Contempt, if Christ should see 
meet to build the New Jerusalem any where else. Where 
the King is, there the Court must needs be. Being in 
Asia, Christ was pleas'd to declare, My Kingdom is not of 
this World — John, 18. 3G. Objection, Margine. 3 

Sir, you may comunicat this to Mr. Professour, who has 
partly seen it alread}^, and to other of the Fellows, and as 
you shall see convenient. Desiring Prayers, that I may 
be ready to repair to CHRIST, Wheresoever he shall see 
meet to set up his Standard ; at least in Affection, and 
syncere compliance with his Will, I with pleasure sub- 
scribe, Rev? Sir, your most humble, 

and obedient Serv* S. S. 

1 Psal. 45. 10, Makes strongly against it. Vide Mollerum : So doth Gal. 
4. 25. 

2 That which is translated loco suo, is a peculiar sort of word, as will ap- 
pear to him that shall examin it. 

8 [In the margin.] Objection. Asia is inhabited by Abraham's Posterity. 

Answ. Probably they are descended from him; but by Keturah, whose 
children were turnd off with Gifts, and sent away Eastward unto the East- 
country, Gen. 25, G. The Promise was to the children of Abraham by Sarah ; 
and the confluence of the Faith both of Abraham and Sarah was required for 
the obtaining it. 


P. S. Being got over the leaf, I venture to add, Take 
First-born which way you will, it doth almost eodem recidere. 
In the rich Embroideries of the Scripture, the Names of 
the Bridegroom and the Bride are in-wrought with so 
much Art and Curiosity, that it is no easy matter to dis- 
tinguish them. The Firstborn who is our LORD, and 
Saviour, He brought his Church out of Egypt into Ca- 
naan, Exod. 23. 20. And He will not fail to bring them 
again into the place which He has prepared for them. 

Boston, March 8, 172|. 

Sir, — You see by the Inclosed, that I am unwilling to 
part with either orav or irakiv, without a valuable Con- 
sideration. I would also humbly enquire whether the 
Worlds mentioned Heb. 1. 2, are not to [be] understood 
of the Old and New World? May not the American Hem- 
isphere brook the name of Worlds as w r ell as part of the 
Old World which Augustus governed may be styled all 
the World? Luke, 2. 1. . . . I have been ready to think, 
that by the World, Psal. 50. 12, Columbina may be pointed 
at. God had laid up in store Provision sufficient in this 
his Tebel, which they knew nothing of. The Beauty and 
Grandeur of the New Jerusalem will consist chiefly, in Hu- 
mility, Purity, Self-Denial, Love, Peace, and Joy in Believ- 
ing. And what signify the most sumptuous and magnificent 
Buildings of Europe ? God will as readily Tabernacle in 

our Indian Wigwams, as enter into them. But to this 

man ivill I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, 
and tremhleth at my Word. Isa. 66. 2. Vide infra} 

1 It is no light matter, that some have suffered Persecution for being Pro- 
fessours of this Truth. Our excellent Gouge, though he did not make the 
Treatise himself, but publish 'd one that another made maintaining the Doc- 
trine of the Calling of the Jews, became thereby obnoxious to the Govern- 
ment; King James's his Wrath was so far inkindled, that in his Ruff he 
caus'd him to be shut up in Prison. And the good Doctor being thus vex- 
atiously imbay'd, was forc'd to sail as near the wind as was possible, that so 
he might be able to Turn it out again. See his Life. 

THE LORD REIGNS is News intolerable to most Men ; especially Kings ; 
Herod could not endure to hear of the King of the Jews. 


Desiring Prayers, that I may not only talk of these 
Things, but that through the altogether-free, and unac- 
countable Grace of God, I may be made a Fellow-Com- 
moner, and partaker in them, I take Leave, who am, 
Rev? Sir, your most humble and most obedient Serv* 

[Consider well Heb. 12. 22.] Samuel Sewall. 


To Mr. Exp. Mayhew, 1 March 19, 1725/6, answering 

his of the 14 th 1 am so far from thinking, that after 

the gathering of the Jews, the frame of their Church 
Government shall be as it was of old, that I conjecture 
the New Jerusalem will be erected in Columbina. 2 The 
King will make them to kno, that He stands in no need 
of their Temple (if they had any) their Jerusalem, their 
holy Land, their Asia. He has a Situation Roomthy and 
Beautifull enough to build the New-Jerusalem in, else 
where ; and He will make them come to Him, whereso- 
ever he shall see fit to set up his Standard. And when 
they shall bethink themselves, and submit to his Sover- 
aign good Will and Pleasure ; Lo-Ami shall never more 
be their Name. I am of Mr. Eliot's Gpinion, that New- 
England is a preface to New-Jerusalem. 


The Glorious Kingdom of Christ described and clearly 
vindicated by Richard Baxter. London, Parkhurst, 1691. 

To Mr. John Boydell Register. 

March 29 th , 1726, 8 mane. 

Mr. Boydell, — I would further consider the Accounts 
of Mr. Franklyn's Funeral ; and therefore, if they are 

i See Sewall's Diary, III. 327. — Eds. 

2 See Sewall's Diary, II. 271; III. 367.— Eds. 


with Mr. Fanevil, I desire you to wait on him, and re- 
ceive them; that which I sign'd yesterday after Noon, 
and the particular Accounts relating to it ; and lay them 
before me. I am Sir, your humble Serv* S. S. 


April! 11? 1726. 


Ob canitiem in via Justitice 

Spectatam et Splendidam 

vere venerabili, 


Multis, et plusquam Quinquaginta ab hinc Annis 

Collegij Harvardini SOCIO ; 

Et per plusquam Quadraginta Annos 


Diuq[u]e inter JUSTITIARIOS 

(Tandemq[u]e inter eos PRIMARIO) 


Annuliq[u]e Novanglicani monilia 

REGIS REPUBLICS q[u]e Ministro 

Indefesso Semper, et Inculpato 

Militis fere Emeriti Requiem et Lauream 

jam ambienti ; 

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pie pertceso 

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in veteris Amicitise 

Testimonium ac Monumentum 

D. D. D. 

Amicorum, Authorumq[u]e 




To Madam Bridget Cotton in London. 

Boston N. E. April 12, 1726. 

Madam, — Yours of April 8th., 1725, I received with a 
great deal of Pleasure ; and it is affecting to consider the 
changes that have pass'd over us. When Madam Usher 
dwelt at Cambridge (where you were born) my Sister 
Jane was her Maid ; and now two or three of her Grand- 
children are my Servants. The Conversation I had with 
you at Boston was endearing, and at Madam Lloyd's, in 
London, in the year 1689, Who then liv'd in Devonshire 
Square, where I had the Advantage of hearing Mr. Mence 
his Exercises, in the Evening following the Lord's-Day. 
The remembrance hereof, and the kind Letters sent me 
hither, put me into deep mourning so soon as I heard that 
Madam Grove was dead. I heartily condole the loss of so 
amiable and beneficent an Aunt ; and with my Lady Rus- 
sell who is deprived of her honoured and tender Parent. 
May I be ready for the time of my Dissolution, and learn 
more intirely to Delight and Trust in GOD, who lives for- 
ever. The owner of the house where you formerly dwelt 
near the Common has made it into two convenient Tene- 
ments ; Mr. Andrew Mercier the French Minister is Ten- 
ant in one of them ; and my Nephew Mr. Samuel Sewall 
who married the Rev? Mr. Lee's Grand-da' ter, of the 
other — , by which means I am drawn thither some times, 
and meet with agreeable Company there ; yet for all that, 
I miss my old Friends, and the Charming Garden and 
Walks, which are all vanished. 

I am in some pain that I have receiv'd no account from 
Mr. Cotton, nor from Mr. Storke, of the Chest, and Box, 
and Plate ship'd on board Capt. Dimond, and consigned to 
Mr. Storke for your Account and Risq[u]e, which has 
been one occasion of my delaying to write. One of the 
principal Books mentioned in the Catalogue, though 


meanly bound, was a Folio of Bp. Hall's works which Dr. 
Mather challenged and I delivered it to him. Upon Ex- 
amination I found his Name, and the Name of Dr. Increase 
Mather written in it. 

When we had received the License of Mr. Cotton and 
your self to put Mr. Henchman's Controversy to Arbitra- 
tion, as soon as we could come at it, Mr. Welsteed and I 
did do. Mr. Henchman chose Mr. Edwards the Goldsmith ; 
We chose Mr. Timothy Prout Merchant. And although 
the Arbitrators gave him Forty two pounds more than 
Madam Usher had paid him, upon the Allegations of great 

sickness and extraordinary Attendance, Yet Mr. H n 

complained very much of the Arbitration, and Arbitrators, 
in Speaking, and writing. However, NovembT 17% 1725, 
he paid Sixty Seven pounds and 10 s which I gave a Ke- 
ceipt for in part. And Mr. Welsteed and I ventured to 
give him up his Bond cancell'd, if he would have made it 
up a Hundred Pounds ; But he declined it desiring abate- 
ment ; alleging the sudden Death of Mrs. Dorothy Emer- 
son his AYife, for whose estate he was little, if any thing 
the better. One of his Attorneys thrust himself off the 
Stage of this World the First of February was two years. 

I am of opinion Mr. H n is in straitned Circumstances ; 

and if you will ratify our offer, or abate somewhat beyond 
that, or say what you would have done, it shall be com- 
ply'd with, though we should be forc'd to put the Bond 
in suit after all. Before the Arbitrators I procured Mad. 
Townsend and Bellingham to testify what they knew of 

Madam Usher's boarding at Mr. H ns, and I my self 

asserted that my Family had been much the better for 
Her sojourning in my house ; and his might have been so, 
if they had not been wanting to themselves. And I con- 
dole with you the being bereav'd of so vertuous a Parent, 
whose sincere and apparent Piety, her Antagonists could 
not but acknowledge. 

July 3d., 1725, Mr. Colman and the Executors have 


distributed of the Rev d Mr. Cotton and your Bounty ; To 
the Rev d Mr. Nathanael Cotton of Bristol, Thirty pounds, 
towards building the New Meeting House at Providence ; 
To the Rev? Mr. Matthew Short Minister of a small Pre- 
cinct near Norton, whose Salary is Forty pounds, has nine 
in Family Viz* Himself Wife and seven Children, Ten 
Pounds. To the Rev d Mr. Benjamin Doolittle Minister of 
Northfield, the uppermost Fronteer on the River, Eight 
Pounds. To the Rev d Mr. Samuel Terry Minister of Bar- 
rington, Eight Pounds. To the Rev d Mr. James Hale of 
Ashford, Grand-son to the Rev d Mr. James Noves of New- 
bury — He dwells in a new and rough place in Connecti- 
cut — Eight Pounds. To the Rev d Mr. Joseph Lord of 
Chat-ham, Eight Pounds. To the Rev d Mr. Benjamin Shat- 
tuck Minister of Littleton, Eight Pounds, Apr. 13, 1726, 
and having his Legg sore broken by his Horse falling upon 
it. To the Rev d Mr. Benj- Wadswwth, towards propagat- 
ing the Gospel, at Providence, Five pounds, which is to be 
continued three years longer. They are very Thankfull 
for this Relief, by your Bounty dispersed from East to 
West; from North to South; And I join with them in 
their Thanksgiving for the same. What of Madam Usher's 
Cloaths is left 'twould be more safe to sell them here, than 
to run any hazard in sending them over Sea. You may 
assure yourself, they shall not be disposd of to any, but 
such as Loved M_ Usher, and have regard to her Memory. 
With my Service to Rev'd Mr. Cotton and your self, I 
am, Madam, your most humble Serv* S. S. 

April 22, 1726. 


To Mr. Samuel StorJce Merchant in London. 

April 20, 1726. 

Sir, — In mine of Dec r 22, 1725, I signified how con- 
cernd I was, that you had not advis'd me of your Receipt 
of what Mr. Welsteed and I sent consign' d to you, for the 


Account and Risq[u]e of the Rev? Mr. Thomas Cotton at 
Hamstead near London, c p the Mary Gaily Thomas Dimond 
Comander July 19, 1725, Viz. One Bag of Plate, one Chest 
of Cloaths, and one Box of Books. I sent also a Letter to 
Mr. Thomas Storke of Rumsey, and to Mrs. Sarah Storke. 
I now send a Letter inclosed, to Mrs. Bridget Cotton, which 
please to deliver, and charge the Postage to my Account. 
I have inclosed a Copy of Mr. Dimond's Bill of Lading. 
Hoping still to hear from you, I am Sir your loving Cousin 
and humble Serv* S. S. 


To Mr. Samuel Storke. 

May 10, 1726. 

Sie, — Yours of Febr. 23 1 received May 2 d , at my Re- 
turn from Plimouth Circuit. Am glad to hear that the 
Chest, and Box, and Plate sent p Capt. Dimond, and Con- 
sign'd to you for the use of the Reverend Mr. Thomas 
Cotton, are accordingly delivered to him. I have written 
to Madam Cotton, which happens also to be put into Capt. 
Lithered's Bag. These I intend to send by my Kinsman 
Mr. Daniel Oliver, who is taking a Voyage for London. 
If you can assist him in any thing, it will be obliging to 
me. I acknowledge the Receipt of Mr. Storke's Letter 
of Rumsey, wherein he undertakes my Business : but he 
makes no mention of any Sum Remitted to you, which 
renders me unprovided to give you order. Send me any 
Memorandums. My Service to cousin Wendell : I am 
glad of his Safe Arrival. I have sent you a very good 
Discourse of Old Age. I find no foundation for what is 
lined in the 2 d Page : I Look upon it as a dead fly in the 
precious Ointment, and have endeavourd to take it out. 
With due Salutations. I am sorry to hear of the danger- 
ous sickness of Gov r Ashhurst. Capt. Lithered Sail'd 
May 10, 1726. 



To the Hei'd. Mr. Thomas Prince. 

May 30, 1726, mane. 

Sir, — Although I esteem your Schem for a Lending 
Library inconvenient, yet I am willing to give forty shil- 
lings, or more, if need be, to buy the Polyglott for the 
use of the Ministers of the Old South ; to ly at the house 
of one Minister for a year, and at the house of the other 
for a year, and so successively. Sir, your Serv* S. S. 


July 11. To Mr. Seth Shove of Danbury, with Com- 
encmt Theses, Visitation of the School, and other Prints 
Sent c p Comfort Star. 

July 12, 1726. To the Rev? Mr. Experience Mayhew, 
Comencmt Theses, Suspiria, Mr. Williams's Sermon to the 
Ministers &c. Writ about his Son to send him away. 


John Fowler asserted, in the Open Court, that when he 
waited on Judge Sewall with the Copy of Mary Terrell's 
Oath and Complaint before Justice Berry, against Thomas 
Fleet, and said Fowler telling the Judge, that said Fleet, 
at first hearing the News of the said Terrell's charge 
against him, Cursed and Swore, and used several Wicked 
Expressions, His Hon r the Judge upon hearing that, said 
he believ'd said Fleet was guilty, and that therefore he 
would have nothing to do with it. 

To the Honorable John Appleto?i Esqr. and others, Judges of His 
Majs Court of Quarter Sessions to be holden at Salem in the 
County of Essex upon Adjournment. 

July 19, 1726. 

May it please your Honours, — These are to Cer- 
tify, that the Representation on the other side, said to be 


made by John Fowler, is directly contrary to Truth : For 
when my Neighbour Fleet was brought before me at my 
house in Boston in a Winter-Evening, I was surpris'd to 
see him accus'd of so great a Crime, by the oath of Mary 
Terrell dwelling at Ipswich ; and inquired what Caution 
was taken, either by Bond, or Imprisonment, that the said 
Mary Terrell, who was beyond all Contradiction Criminal, 
should be oblig'd to answer for her own Crime, and to 
pursue effectually, her gross charges against Fleet? And 
when it was said, that no Caution was taken, I suspected 
some Management in the Affair, and judged it incon- 
venient for me to do any thing in it. 


To the Rev d Mr. Samuel Mather at Con', Windsor. 

July 18, 1726. 

Dear Sir, — It is very affecting to me that you are 
detain'd so long in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. 
But I hope there is no cause for you to fear any Evil, be- 
cause God will be with you, His Rod, and his Staff will 
comfort you. And although we are never like to dwell 
together at Cambridge again, I hope we shortly go to, 
and Live together in a better Country, than either Con- 
necticut, Charles, or Merrimack Rivers can afford. Let 
us pray for one another that it may be so. I have in- 
closed a few Prints 1 the reading of which may Refresh 
you ; Especially that of Old Age by Dr. Mather. Ever 
since the 28 th of March, I have been Spending upon the 
75^ year of my Age ; so that I have need incessantly to 
cry, I fall, Lord Jesus Receive me ! Praying that God 

1 Mr. William Williams to the Ministers, May 26, 1726. Mr. Sol. Stod- 
dard's Questions and Answers &c. Visitation of the Ancient School of Bos- 
ton June 24, 1726. An Angel seal'd up in a Blank paper. 4 pounds of 
currants in a linen Bag marked S. M. Sent £ Mr. William Trail. 

VOL. II. —14. 


may Counsel, and Comfort us, and desiring Prayers I take 
leave who am, Sir, your Sympathizing Friend, and humble 
Servt. S. S. 


" ST Jamess, June the 5* h , 1726. 

" Sir, — The inclosed I receiv'd from Mr. Bing, and 
" have by me a Copy of this new Commission from the 
" Treasury. The Affair between the Judges of the Prov- 
" ince, and the Officers of the Admiralty, and Customs, 
" will be quickly brought to a Conclusion. It seems very 
" strange on this side the Water that the Judges should 
" support any of their proceedings by Acts of Parliament 
"that were made before New-England was Settled; or 
" any Acts where the Plantations are not mentioned — 
"within the Act. For where they are not specified, the 
" Laws made in England cannot affect them, one way or 
" the other. I expect this week my Affair to come under 
" Consideration before the Council, in order to bring it to 
" a conclusion. My Service to Mrs. Dummer. I am 

" Sir, your humble Serv* 

Sam'l Shute." 

N. Waiting upon his Hon r the Lt-Gov r at his house 
Aug* 17, mane, His Honour deliverd me the above-copied 
Letter to put in my Pocket and shew the Judges. 

Aug* 20, 1726. His Hon r sent for it p Edmund Mor- 
rice before the sitting of the court, and I sent it by him. 

memoranda of letters. 

To the Rev d Mr. Edward Taylor at Westfield, Aug? 27, 
1726. Inclosed the Bachelours and Masters Comencm* 
Theses, Dr. Mather's Crown of Old Age, preached March 



27, Mr. William Williams, his Sermon to the Ministers 
May 26, A Note or two of Calvin's Comentaries for the 
Scholars to Construe. 

Bostoniae Nbv-Anglorum, Iberia sexta, Junij 24, 1726. 

My locomotive faculty is very much Enfeebled ; Pray 
that in spiritual regards I may run and not be weary, may 
Walk, and not faint. Capt. Phips died the August before 
this in the 76 th year of his Age. A Quaternion of the 
class is yet left ; Let us mutually pray one for another. 
My Service to Madam Taylor and yours Seriatim. Desir- 
ing Prayers I am, dear Sir, your friend and humble Servt. 

S. S. 

Sent by Mr. Day Aug*. 29, 1726. 

To the Kev d Mr. Nehemiah Walter in Eoxbury, 7 r 9 th , 
1726, 1 shewing how I was gratified with his printed Ser- 
mons on the Holiness of Heaven, which had read twice 
over with delight. 

Accept of the inclosed 20 s Bill to buy you a Quire of 

paper. 1 am mouldring down, as my Uncle Quincy's 

phrase was ; May I be cloathed upon before uncloathed. 
My Service to Madam Walter. Desiring Prayers that I 
may be made meet to be partaker of the Inheritance of 
the Saints in Light, I rest your friend and humble Serv* 
S. S. Wrapt up the Bill in 2 School exercises of June 24. 

To the JReverd. Mr. Joseph Emerson 2 at Mdldon. 

7 r 20, 1726. 

Sir, — I was lately very much surpris'd to see written 
in the 2 d Leafe of De Tristibus in Usam Delphini [The Gift 
of Mr. Joseph Moodey to Joseph Emerson, 1724.] I re- 
member I lent Mr. Joseph Moodey the booke for 12 

1 Sent by Samuel Griggs. 

2 Great-grandfather of Ralph Waldo. — Eds. 


Monetlis. It shoud seem that I afterward gave it 
him, which I do not remember. But be that as it will, I 
now ratify what my Cousin has done ; and will not have 
it alter'd. And therefore have sent home the booke to 
you ; asking pardon for my supposed Error. 

A while ago I went to Mr. Waldo's, partly to visit him, 
and partly to enquire how I might send a Letter to you 
to Providence ; but found you were newly returnd. About 
the 10 th of August last, my dear kinswoman Mrs. Hannah 
Moodey your Mother much comforted me by coming in, 
and staying with me till morning. Then I took the best 
method I could to expedite her return to her distressed 
Dater ; considering the uncomfortableness of the Weather 
and Ways, by reason of the Eain ; and then waited for 
her bringing me good News from Maldon. But have 
heard nothing as yet. 'Twould be a pleasure to me to be 
advised ; that I might be capable of Rejoycing with them 
that do rejoyce ; and of Weeping with them that weep. 
My Love to you, and to my dear Cousin your wife. De- 
siring Prayers, I remain, Sir, your Loving Uncle S. S. 

[N. More than four pages were fill'd with extracts of 
my own Hand-writing] 


To Mr. Samuel Storke Merchant in London. 

Boston N. E. Sept. 30, 172G. 

Sir, — Upon May the 2 d I gladly received yours of 
Feb. 23 d , 1725-6, bringing the good news of the safe ar- j 
rival of Mr. John Wendell ; And that the Chest and Box j 
and Plate by Dimond were deliver'd to Mr. Thomas Cot- 
ton. Your affectionate Condoleance of the death of my 
dear and only Brother Maj r Steph. Sewall of Salem is very 
agreeable to me. I am also obliged by your readiness to 
render Mr. John Wendell your assistance upon his arrival 
at London. In yours of the 18 Mar. you advise me the 


Ballance of my Account with your Brother Mr. John 
Storke of Kumsey, was Thirty Eight pounds Ten shillings 
and six pence, £38 10 6, Which you would make good 
to me whenever demanded. Accordingly I now desire 
and order you to pay that sum to Mr. Samuel Gerrish 
Bookseller in Boston N. E. or to his order, and have drawn 
Bills of Exchange for that purpose. I make no doubt but 
the Business the money is to be employed in will make 
the transaction of it grateful to you. 

Mr. Weelsteed and I earnestly desire you to be our So- 
licitor in procuring a Letter for us from the Rev. Mr. 
Thomas Cotton and his Lady relating to our Executorship, 
that we may the better speedily finish it, the rather be- 
cause I am grown old and infirm, and Mr. Welsteed touch'd 
with the Palsy on his Left side. My Great Grand-son 
Andrew Pepperell is with me upon a visit. I have two 
desireable Grand Children Living, by my Daughter Cooper. 
These and other such, in their Lisping Language do plainly 
tell me that I had need provide to remove to a better Coun- 
try. I am Sr. yo!" Loving Cousin and 

Humble Serv* S. S. 

P. S. I shall leave your Ballance in yo!" New Account 
of £17. 4. 10 till more be added to it. 


Boston N. E. Sept. 30, 1726. 

Exchange for £38 10 6 Sterl? 

At Ten days after sight of this my First Bill of Ex- 
change my Second and Third of the same Tenor and Date 
not being paid, Pay, or cause to be paid to Mr. Samuel 
Gerrish Bookseller in Boston N. E. or to his order the 
sum of Thirty Eight Pounds Ten shillings and Six pence 
Sterling money of England on my Account. Value re- 

1 Copy. 


ceived of said Gerrish. At Time make good payment 
without further advice from S r Yo r Loving Cousin and 
Humble Serv* Samuel Sewall. 

To Mr. Samuel /Storke, Merchant in London. 

To the Retfd. Mr. Edward Payson at Rowley. 

8 r . 21, 1726. 

R D Sir, — Your late Marriage, Sept r 26, was so agree- 
able, that the News of it gave surprising pleasure to 
those that heard it. You maintaind your Freedom as 
to the Time ; and declard that you would not be bound 
to the Fifth day of the week, by chusing the Second for 
your Espousals. And my Nephew Moses Gerrish had so 
much manners, as to wait till the Third, for his Wed- 
ding ; allowing his Betters the precedency. That which is 
pleasing to Good men, is like to be so to GOD. Which 
makes me hope your Match will be prosperous, affording 
amiable and mutual Accommodations. It is not without 
Regret that I sustain the Removal of Madam Appleton, 
when I was promising my self the Happiness of her Neigh- 
bourhood here in Boston. But I chearfully Resign to 
the greater Happiness of }'our Self, and Rowley ; espe- 
cially since my only Sister partakes in the Benefit: It 
pleases me that Mad. Payson chuses to be near the place 
of publick Worship. The Worship of God, in the solemn 
Assemblies of his people upon Earth, is an Introduction 
to the Heavenly. 

But now I come to try you : If you are not CLOATHED 
with Humility, you will not apear so glorious in your 
Apparel, as I would fain have you doe. You are begin- 
ning the World again ; and though you are very well 
Furnished, yet a hundred to one, }ou will have occasion 
to borrow somthing or other. I offer to send you a small 


piece of Household Stuff; 1 vouchsafe to accept the Loan 
with Candor, and upon perusal, Keturn it safely. I shall 
be glad to wait upon you and Madam Payson at my 
House. My Service to you both ; I heartily wish you 
much Joy, wherein my Wife joins with me. Desiring 
Prayers, I am, Sir, your very humble Servant S. S. 


To Mr. Thomas Bobie at Salem. 

Oct, 24, 1726. 

Sir, — Your very kind Letter of 8 r 14, was received 
Oct. 20. The earnest Invitation you gave me therein, is 
acceptable, and very Refreshing ; I am not kept out of 
Salem for want of a Lodging there ; The most desirable in 
that desirable Town is provided for me ; which I heartily 
Thank you for. But on diverse Considerations, I appre- 
hend the Providence of GOD calls me off from any further 
labours in riding the circuit. I thank you moreover for 
former Kindnesses, especially this time 12 Moneths. Give 
due Salutations as there may be occasion. My Son the 
Minister, coming in as I w T as writing, salutes you and yours. 
It was surprising that Rumors of parties of Indians, com- 
ing against us over the Lake, should be spread in the 
Town the night before the inclosed Print came abro[a]d. 
It brought to mind the Poet's observation. 2 Pax tamen 
interdam est ; pads fidacia nimqiiam. Your cousins Text 
and Doctrine yesterday is our Security. The Lord is 
our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our 
King, and He will save us. Desiring Prayers I am Sir, 
your loving Uncle and most humble Serv! S. S. 

1 Christian Counsel applyed unto the Married Estate, By William Thomas, 
Minister of the Gospel, and Rector of the Church of Ubley. London, Printed 
for Edward Thomas at the Adam and Eve in Little Britain, 1661. Contains 
21 pages in the Epistle; 92 pages in the book, Decimo Sexto. 

2 Trist. lib. 5, Fol. 2. 


If you please to entertain Judge Dudley in my room, 
'twill please me. His Honour will be very good Company. 

N. I inclos'd the News-Letter of Oct. 20 th which q? 
the Thanksgiving. Lent Mr. Robie Ed. Howard Gent., 
printed 1701, to see whether his arguments against Co- 
pernicus are valid. Sent it by Mr. Eolfe, who calld on 
me this morning, Oct r 24, 1726, being Recover'd. Lans 


To the Rev d Mr. Samuel Moodey at York, Oct. 27, 28, 
1726, in Answer to his of Oct. 3, inclosing 2 of Mr. Co- 
ney's Sermons, 6 of Dr. Mather, Preachd at the Old 
South, 7 r 18, 1726, from Psal. 23. 4, Proclamation for the 
Thanksgiving, this week's News-Letter, Gazette of last 
week, Account of Roxb. Lecture this week, by Mr. Walter, 
Heb. 4. 14, of Boston Lecture by Mr. Thacher,Psal. 63. 5, of 
Mr. Adams ditto 112. 7. Sept: 22, 1726, p Mr. Bragdon. 

Dec r 27, 1726. To Mr. Samuel Sewall of York, inclos- 
ing Noah Peck's cancell'd Bond. Sent yesterday's Ga- 
zette of the Jamaica Storm, Octob r 22 last, To the Rev d 
Mr. Samuel Moodey. The Ld. Teach you, regularly to 
Sing of Mercy and of Judgm* I rejoice at the increase of 
your family, by Sarah the Surviving Twin. 1 S. S. 

I ow to Mr. Moodey and Mr. Joseph Moodey, each of 
them, a Letter, but must pray their forbearance. Mad ra 
Sarah Willoughby, Major Walley's eldest Daughter, a de- 
sirable Gentlewoman, Expired yesterday, Act 8 51. S. S. 

Sent by Anthony Baker, Mason, who dwells in Mr. 
Moodey's house. 

To Capt. Pepperrel Esqr., Jan r 9, 172f, p Mr. Henry 
Howell. Thank' d him for his very good Present of Fish 

1 See Alden's Collection of Araer. Epitaphs, II. §335; conf. Savage's 
Geneal. Dictionary, IV. 56. — Eds. 


and oyle, which received last week. Inclos'd Mr. Green's 
first News-Letter. All well. Mr. S. Gerrish's wife was 
deliverd of a brave son still-born. Mrs. Nash dead. 
Capt. Ebenezer Fisher of Wrentham a very desirable 
Man, middle-aged, was buried last Friday was Sennight. 
The Lord fit us for our changes. Salutations. 


Boston, June 21, 1725. 

At the House of the Hon- 6 Judge Sewall, present 
with him, William Welsteed Esqr. and Mr. Benjamin 

The Letters of the Rev d Mr. Thomas Cotton of Hamsted 
near London were read and considered, impowering us to 
dispose of the Sum of four Hundred pounds N. E. Money 
in charitable uses as may best promote the Interests of 
Religion and Learning: And we having particularly taken 
into Consideration the several Articles pointed to in said 
Letters, came into the following Determinations ; 

First, that one Hundred pounds of the said Sum be 
given to Harvard College in Cambridge ; the Annual In- 
come of it to be for ever, for an Augmentation of, and in 
addition to the Salary of the President of said College for 
the time being. 

Secondly, One Hundred pounds, to buy usefull and 
needed Books for an addition to the Library of the said 

Thirdly, One Hundred pounds for the propagating of 
the Gospel among the Indians. 

Fourthly, Fifty pounds towards the Settlement of Re- 
ligion in the Town of Providence, near Rhode-Island; 
that is to say, Thirty pounds toward the finishing the 
Meetinghouse there, to be paid to the Rev d Mr. Nathan- 
ael Cotton of Bristol, who has generously advanced 


Money for that Service, And the other Twenty pounds, 
toward the support of the preaching the Word of God 
there, for the four next years to come. 

Fifthly, the other Fifty pounds to be distributed among 
poor and needy English Ministers within the Province of 
the Massachusetts Bay ; and in particular, Ten pounds to 
the Rev'd. Mr. Matthew Short, Pastor in a Precinct near 

Voted, that as to the first Three Hundred pounds here 
disposed of, we will immediatly write to the Rev d Mr. 
Cotton, and inform him of the Disposition made by us, 
submitting it to his Will and Approbation, and waiting 
for the same, before we pay any part of the said Money. 
But that as to the last Hundred, we shall proceed, by the 
Will of God, to make the Distribution of it. 

[This was fairly transcrib'd p Mr. Colman, and sent by 

Boston. December 24, 1725. At the House of William 
Welsteed Esqr., present, the Hon b ! e Judge Sewall and Mr. 
Benjamin Colman. 

Mr. Judge Sewall informed us, that, according to Vote 
of June 21, He had paid to the Rev d Mr. Short the sum 
of Ten pounds, And also to the Rev d Mr. Cotton of Bris- 
tol Thirty pounds. 

Voted that Eight pounds be ordered to the Rev d Mr. 
Joseph Lord, pastor of the Church in Chatham. 

Also Eight pounds to the Rev d Mr. James Hale, pastor 
of the Church in Ashford. 

Item, Eight pounds to the Rev d Mr. Benjamin Shat- 
tuck, pastor of the Church in Littleton. 

Item, Eight pounds to the Rev d Mr. Samuel Terry, pas- 
tor of the Church in Barrington. 

And last, Eight pounds to the Rev d Mr. Benjamin 
Doolittle, pastor of the Church in Northfield ; deducting 
three pounds, the price of the Dutch-Annotations, already 


purchased for the said Mr. Doolittle, and sent to him by 
the Hon b ! e Mr. Judge Sewall. 

A true Copy of the Original written with the Rev d Mr. 
Colman's own Hand, as attests Samuel Sewall. 

To Mr. Thomas Cotton at Hamsted near London, Jan r 
10 th , 172f Rev d Sir, Yours of April 8, 1725, Signd by 
your Self, and Madam Cotton, came to our hands the 9 th 
of June following, in which are these words — " The Sum 
' mentioned to be disposed of was £400. And under- 
' standing that my old Acquaintance and Friend Mr. 
' Colman was nominated and proposed for President of 
i the College, I spake of one Hundred Pounds of that 
\ Money to be given for an Augmentation of the Presi- 
' dent's Salary. And from the Eespect I had for Mr. 
' Colman, I desired, if you saw fit, that he and you to- 
i gether might consult how that Settlement might be 
1 best made ; and also how the remaining <£300 might be 
f best disposed of for the answering the above-mentioned 
'Good Designs and purposes. If Mr. Colman have de- 
' clined the presidentship, then I refer to you and him 
' the disposal of the whole Affair. And if you think you 
'canot better dispose of that £100, than for such Aug- 
' mentation of that Salary, let it be so. But if it may be 
' of greater use in any other Way, I refer it wholly to 
'you. I have thought of one Hundred pounds, to buy 
■ Books for an addition to the Library : And a Proportion 
'for the propagation of the Gospel among the Indians, 
'what you shall judge fit, not to restrain from some 
'more privat Charities, under some pressing Necessi- 
' ties. But the greatest proportions for the most publick 
' Serviceableness " — 

Quickly after this, viz. June 21, the Executors with 
the Rev*! Mr. Colman, met upon advisement. And De- 
cember 24 t . h , 1725, they met again, and came into the 
following Determinations. 1 

[} Vide supra ad*.] 



In a Letter of June 21, 1725, We, together with the 
Rev d Mr. Colman, advis'd you of what was determined 
by us that day, as above-written, and are to this time 
waiting for your Answer to. And now request that you 
will please, as soon as conveniently may be, to write, and 
forward to us your Mind thereabout; that is to say, 
whether you approve of our proposal of the Distribution 
of the first-mentioned £300, or in any Respect disap- 
prove thereof. 

As to the last £100. It is already dispos'd of, as has 
been written to Madam Cotton. We, having jointly agreed 
on the Distribution of the £300, as before mentioned, 
think it not safe to alter or vary from it without your 
positive order. We are so filled with years and infirmi- 
ties, that shall think it inconvenient to wait any longer 
than next May for your Answer : but intend to proceed, 
God willing, to the Disposal of the said £300, as is herein 
before described. And we earnestly desire, that your 
self and Madam Cotton would furnish us with full orders 
for the distribution of what else may be in our hands 
upon the stating of your Accounts with us as Executors. 
With our humble Service to your self and Madam Cotton, 
and to your very worthy friend Mr. Hollis, who is to this 
Province a Noble Benefactor, we are your most humble 
Servants Samuel Sewall ) rs 

William Welsteed ) 


To Mr. Samuel Storke. 

Jan- 12, 172f 

Mr. Samuel Storke. 

Sir, _I writ to you of Sept r 30 th 1726, In behalf of my 
Son in Law M r Sam! Gerrish. These are to desire you to 


deliver the inclosed to the Rev d M r Thomas Cotton, or 
to his Lady Madam Bridget Cotton ; rather than fail of a 
speedy Delivery, send a Messenger on purpose, and advise 
me of the Keceipt of it by the first. Charge the Postage 
and Messenger to my account. Yesterday I received a 
kind Letter from my cousin Sarah Storke of Rumsey. 
But cafiot answer it now, because I have not yet seen or 
heard of the Gentleman, Mr. John Wheat, mentioned in 
her Letter. With due Salutations, I am Sir, your loving 
cousin and Humble Serv* 


To Walter Price Esqr. at Salem, Jan r 25, 172 f Enclos- 
ing three pair of Gloves, and three Rings about 2 P.w* 
and 14 Grains each, for the said Price, his Lady, and her 
Brother Wm. Priest, Dr. Mather's Sermon at the Old 
South, and also one Sermon for Judge Lynde. Weekly 
News-Letter giving an Account of Mr. S. Hirst's Death. 
Am printing Funeral Sermons; When they are finished 
shall ask Acceptance of some of them. Send them to 
Mr. Daniel Oliver by Chancy, for Conveyance. S. S. 

To Capt. William Pepperrell Esqr. at Kittery, Jan!" 25, 
172|, with two pair of Gloves, one for himself, one for 
his wife, and two of Capt. Winslow's Rings, 2 P.w* 14 
Grain. Put them In the Thumbs of the Gloves, all well 
seal'd up. One Sermon Auris — and another for the 
Rev'd. Moodey, and one News-Letter; one for himself. 

To Col. W m Pepperrell, a pair of Gloves, Two pair of 
womens to Mad Pepperrell. Am printing Funeral Ser- 
mons &c. To send r p Mr. Weeks. S. S. 

He was gon, and now they are to go by Mr. King who 
lodges at Capt. Dering's who will take care about it. 

To daughter Sewall, of Brooklin, one of Mr. Edwards his 
Rings ; sent $ Amos Gates, inclos'd in a Letter to my Son. 



Coniittee of Rumney-Marsh, Feb!" 6. 172f, for regulat- 
ing the old Pews, and erecting new ones in the Meeting- 
house, wait on the hon ble Judge Sewall and Dr. Cooke. 

I freely consent that the Pew belonging to me, be 
under the Regulation of the Coniittee to put or place 
whom they please there, untill I shall have occasion for 
it for some of my children by their residing in Rumny- 
Marsh. Elisha Cooke. 

Feb. 28, 172G. 

Copied out March 7, 172f . S. S. 

At Boston anniversary Town-Meeting, March 13, 172^. 

The Assembly chose the Hon b . le Elisha Cooke Esqr. 
Moderator for that Meeting ; and the following Persons 
for the year, viz. Samuel Checkley Esqr. Town-Clerk. 

Select-men, Mr. John Baker, Mr. Jonathan Waldo, Mr. 
Timothy Prout, Mr. Oxenbridge Thacher, Mr. John Hunt, 
Mr. David Farnum, and Mr. Jonathan Williams. 

Joseph Wadsworth Esqr. Town-Treasurer. 

Overseers of the Poor, Daniel Oliver Esqr., Timothy 
Clark Esqr., John Ruck Esqr., Capt. James Gooch, Capt. 
Samuel Greenwood, Mr. Jonathan Jackson, and Capt. 
Jeffry Bedgood. 

Assessors, Mr. Daniel Powning, Mr. John Edwards, Mr. 
Jonathan Loring, Mr. Samuel Adams, Mr. Samuel White, 

Mr. Joshua Chcver, and Mr. Andrew Tvler. 


Constables, Mr. Job Coit, Mr. John Cobbett, Mr. Wil- 
liam Nichols, Mr. Andrew Lane, Mr. George Skinner, 
Mr. Joshua Blancher, Mr. Thomas Inches, Mr. James 
Gorden, Mr. John Adams, Mr. Edward Marion, Mr. Jo- 
seph AVebb, Mr. Benjamin Ustis, Mr. Timothy Thornton, 
Mr. Benjamin Pollard, Mr. Lewis Venteno, Mr. Thomas 
Bradford; And Mr. Isaac Wilkinson for Rumney-Marsh. 


N. In the year 1678, The Town first chose Eight con- 
stables ; I was chosen ; Gov!; Leverett set a good face 
upon it, when mention was made of my Education, and 
the said Gov? Leverett gave me with many others, our 
Oaths. This year by Agreement and Vote of the Town, 
the Number is doubled, and Sixteen are chosen, Mr. 
Samuel Wells an Ordained Minister at Lebanon, and Mr. 
of Arts being chosen, paid his Fine. As this was my 
first publick Entrance into the Civil Order, may God who 
multiplyes to Pardon, Seal unto me a Pardon of all the 
Sins of that year, and of all that have roll'd away since 
that. And as there is Mercy and Forgiveness with the 
Lord, that He may be feared, so I may be assisted with 
Faith and Patience to Wait for the same. wretched 
man that I am, who shall deliver me — - ! 

Lord's-Day, March 26, 1727. When the L s Super 

Samuel Sewall being again restored to the enjoyment 
of the Worship of God in publick, after Restraint, 1 desires 
to Acknowledge it with Humility and Thankfullness ; 
And desires Prayers, that the sense of his profiting by 
Afflictions, may sweeten them all unto him. 


To the Bev? Dr. Cotton Mather. 

April 25, 1727. 

Rev d Sir, — These are to condole the loss of your ex- 
cellent Servant Ezer ; and especially, to enquire after 
your own Wellfare : It seems you are sick of a Fever, 
which I pray God to rebuke, and prevent your Removal, 
when your Help is like to be so much needed. Desiring 
your Prayers, that To live, unto me may be Christ ; and 

1 Two Sabbaths, besides Lectures. 


to dye, Gain ; With hearty Thanks for all your Favours, 
I am Sir, your Friend and most humble Serv* 

Samuel Sewall. 

Boston Representatives chosen, second-day May 8, 1727. 

The number of Voters 204 — 103 makes a Majority. 

Joseph Wadsworth Esqr. had 178 Votes. 

Mr. Thomas Cushing 175 

Mr. Ezekiel Lewis 164 

Nathan 1 Green Esqr. 121 

Elisha Cooke Esqr. was chosen Moderator. Thomas 
Fitch Esqr. had many Votes 

N. Col. John Ballantine was a Representative last 


To the hon h l e Thomas Fitch l Esqr. 

May 12, 1727. 

Sir, — I was much exercised last night, to observe that 
our Charity School should be liable to be made a May- 
game to every Landlord. Why might we not, while 
there are some vacancies, procure a convenient piece of 
Ground, and build a house upon it adapted to the use ? 
You that have been conversant in Building, can more 
easily count the Cost; I should be glad if you would 
comunicat it to me ; Sir, your humble Serv* S. S. 

To Mr. Samuel Stork, Merchant in London. 2 

Boston N. E. May 24, 1727. 

SB, — I acknowledge yours of the 8th. Nov. and Feb. 
14 th , 1726, <p Shepardson, and of the 13 th March last, p 

1 See Sewall's Diary, II. 410, note. — Eds. 

2 Sent this letf. £ Capt. Lithered. 


Capt. Curling. I am glad that the Indian Lives are in 
such a readiness, and that we may daily expect their arri- 
val here. We were afraid that Capt. Dimond was Shut 
up in Spain. As soon as I knew that he was come to 
Boston, I sent for him, and spake with him yesterday, 
and told him I was ready to pay him his Freight, accord- 
ing to the Current Course of Exchange. I pray you 
would carefully forward the inclosed Letter to Mr. Cot- 
ton, it being an Answer to his Letter and Order of Nov. 
16, 1726, which is complied with ; give me account of 
the Charges of it, and I shall order you your postage. I 
am Sr., your Loving Kinsman and Humble Serv' 

Samuel Sewall. 



To the Rev. Mr. Thomas Cotton at Hamsteed near Zondon. 1 

Boston N. E. May 24, 1727. 

Rev. Sr. — Yours of Nov. 16, 1726, was received, Jan. 
31 following, via New York, which the Executors were 
glad of, and together with the Rev d Mr. Colman joyntly 
fulfiird your Orders. The first Hundred pounds abiding 
in perpetual motion, I took somthing a more ample Re- 
ceipt for, which Mr. Treasurer gave me on the backside 
of the Corporation's Letter directing him so to do, in the 
words following viz* 

" Boston of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 
"Feb. 25, 172f 

" Received of Samuel Sewall, and William Welsteed Esq™, 
"Executors of the last will and Testament of Dame Brid- 
" get Usher late of Boston deceas'd One Hundred Pounds 
I in good Bills of Credit of this Province ; being the Gift 
I of the Rev. Mr. Thomas Cotton of London and Bridget 

1 Sent this Lett r p Capt. Lithered, who set sail May 25 th , About 11 M., 
with a fair wind. M r . Yeoman's Son was sent home in this ship. 

VOL. II.— 15 


" his Wife Daughter and Heir of Dr. Leonard Hoar 
" somtime President of Harvard College in Cambridge. 
" Wliich Sum of One Hundred pounds, the annual in- 
" come thereof is to be forever improved for an Augmen- 
" tation of, and in addition to the Salary of the President 
" of the said College for the time being. In Witness 
" where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day 
" above written. 

" Edward Hutchinson f^^\ 
" Treas r of Harvard College \^J 
" Sealed and Delivered 
" in presence of 

"Samuel Gerrish 

" Nathan^ Balston 

" Benjamin Swett." 

Inclosed you have the President's Letter of thankful 
Acknowledgment of this Bounty ; as also a Letter of Mr. 
Leonard Cotton your Son, who earnestly requests an 
Answer. I acknowlege Madam Cotton's Favor of the 
mentioned date of Nov. 16, 1726, Which shall not now be 
able to answer. I have waited long, hoping to have had 
a convenient Messenger ; but I find him not, and there- 
fore am at last necessitated to send by the Post. Desir- 
ing the Continuance of your Prayers for me under my 
enfeebled Circumstances and awful Bereavement of my 
Grandson, I take leave, who am 

Rev d Sr. Your most Humble and Obedient 

Serv' Samuel Sewall. 

P. S. As for the Hundred pounds to be disposed for 
propagating the Gospel among the Indians, we would 
gladly have paid it before now ; but would fain do it to 
your Acceptation, which we cannot as yet ; but hope by 
the Intelligence we may have from persons repairing to 
Town in June next may be furnished to accomplish it. 
In the mean time we remain your most humble Servants 
Samuel Sewall. William Welsteed. 



May 30, 1727. The Corner Post stands in Judge Sew- 
all's Land ; the side next to Major Vassal's being 5 feet 
nine inches from the N° East Corner of said Sewall's 
Ingine House. 

N. This was written by Capt. Nathan! Green, with a 
pensil, May 30, 1727. 

Boston, June 21, 1727. Mr. James How, These are to 
acquaint you that I have Let the uper Farm in Shrews- 
bury, q* about 500 Acres ; the Grass of the Meadow, to 
Capt John Keys of Shrewsbury for this year. It seems 
there are some of Shrewsbury live very near it, and have 
great need of it. Your friend and Serv* 

Samuel Sewall. 

An Apprisement of sundry of Madam Usher's Goods 
which were not sent home to her dater Madam Cotton in 
London, as prised by us whose names are underwritten, 
May 16, 1727. 1 

A piece of Irish stitch'd Hangings 1- 5-0 

One piece ditto 0- 5-0 

One Chints Sute lined with Green 11- 0-0 

One old Coat and Gown 0-16-0 

One Chimny Glass 3-10-0 

One Trunk 0- 6-0 

£17- 2-0 
Hannah Deming 
Lydia Perkins. 


To the Revd. Mr. Timothy Woodbridge at Hartford, 
Aug* 17, 1727, with the News-Letter of that Date; con- 

1 May 16, 1727. Copy. 


tinued my Letter to Aug* 20. Sent my Son's Sermon 
on the death of K. George. Col. Townsend's Funeral, 
death Mr. llogers his dater Berry. Mr. Waldron's 
Sickness &e. 

To Col. Quincy at Bristol, inclosing a Fun! Sermon to 
Madam Pain widow, Mr. Blagrove, and our Landlord 
Reynolds ; together with one Sermon, and a News-Letter 
over and above. Sept! 11 th , 1727. p the hon b ! e Judge 


To all whom it may concern, Whereas there is some 
controversy concerning the Bounds of my Land at Dun- 
stable in One part of it. These are to certify that I have 
appointed and authorised Mr. Samuel Danforth of Biler- 
ica, Surveyor, and Capt. Henry Farwell of Dunstable, in 
my behalf to adjust and settle that affair, as Witness my 
hand this second day of October, 1727. 


To Joshua Kibbee at Sherboum, g Ebenezer Leland. 

Oct' 21, 1727. 

I have written to you once and again desiring to see 
and speak with you, and now 1 write the third time ; 
fail not to come to me. 

Your loving friend 

Samuel Sewall. 

Mr. Leland says he carried one Letter for me last 
SuiTier, and I sent another within a week or fortj 
night by Moses Adams his Son, a tall young man of 



To the Rev? President, Mr. Benjamin Wadsworth at Cambridge, 
g /Stephen Sewall and Benjamin Woodbridge, with 38 Phe- 

Nov? 14, 1727. 

Rev? Sir, — I am glad to hear that you have been so 
far Recovered from your long and painfull Indisposition, 
as to have been able to go into the Hall again. And I 
congratulat with you our having survived the late terrible 
Earthquake. 1 I cannot affirm that I was shaken by it, 
although our Kitchen parrallel to our Bed-chamber, and 
near it, was Rocqud like a Cradle. Yet the crashing Noise 
was very amazing to me. For I was just warm in my 
Bed, but not asleep. The young people were quickly 
frighted out of the Shaking clattering Kitchen, and fled 
with weeping Cryes into our Chamber, where they made 
a fire, and abode there till morning. As I lay, the good 
Bp and his Lady came to my mind, who were buried 
in their Bed in the desolating Tempest in England ; but 
I did not venture to tell my thoughts. I remember the 
Earthquake of 166| and my being shaken by it, as I 
sat in my Father's house at Newbury in a Jam of the 

1 It " took place October 29, (1727) shaking the whole country north of 
the Delaware River." " It was on the night of the Sabbath, a calm and 
serene evening. 'About forty minutes past ten o'clock,' says Mr. Prince, 
pastor of the Old South Church, ' was heard a loud, hollow noise, like the 
roaring of a great chimney on fire, but inconceivably more fierce and ter- 
rible. In about half a minute the earth began to heave and tremble. The 
shock, increasing, rose to the height in about a minute more, when the 
movables, — doors, windows, walls, — especially in the upper chambers, 
made a very fearful clattering, and the houses rocked and crackled as if they 
were all dissolving and falling to pieces. The people, asleep, were awakened 
with the greatest astonishment ; many others, affrighted, ran into the streets. 
But the shaking quickly abated, and in another half-minute entirely 
ceased.' " On the next day the people attended some of the churches, 
especially the North Church, where a "large assembly" was present. 
Morning service was observed in the North, and evening meetings were held 
in the First and South. — Eds. 


Chimny. Oh that I could learn to fear the Lord and his 
Goodness ! 

I have sent you three Dosen of the Phenomena to be 
distributed, That have set Solstice these Thirty years, 
and I abide in the same Opinion still. If this handfull 
of Spring- Water may be any way refreshing I shall 

inest sua gratia parvis. 

Salutations. I sympathise with Mr. Wigglesworth. 
Crocker is come in this day, Mr. Benjamin Pemberton 
Passenger, N. I made up two of Mr. Eliot's binding 
with Dr. Mather's Sermon the morning after the Earth- 
quake, superscrib'd to the President. In my List I ex- 
cusd the trouble. Do that which is right, if any be 
wanting, I will supply it. 

To the Hon hl . e William Bummer Esqr. L\ Gov r &c. 

Hon ble Sir, — I am sorry that I am so late in Answer- 
ing your Hon? of the 15 th current. The way that was 
open'd out of Rawson's Lane, into School Street, so far 
as it concerns me, was done at the Importunity of Stephen 
Butler a Blacksmith : And an x\greement was made, and 
is upon Record, from Tabitha Butler his Mother, who 
own'd the Land adjoining. By which means I am under 
a disability of shutting of it up again. I purpose to 
enquire further into the matter; but was willing to im- 
part to your Hon r what I have already found, though with 
difficulty, by reason of the Tempestuous and very Cold 

I am your Hon" most humble and most obedient Serv! 

Samuel Sewall. 

Boston, l)ec r 20* 1727. 



Tabitha Butler, Widow of Boston, Grants to Jacob 
Sheaf of the said Boston, a certain piece of Land in Bos- 
ton aforesaid, near unto School-Street, bounded at the 
Front upon a Six foot High Way lately laid out there, 
Measuring Southeasterly by the said High Way one 
Hundred and Fifty i foot; Southwesterly by the Land 
of Sam! Sewall Esqr. there measuring 25 and half foot; 
Northwesterly by the Land of Elisha Cooke esqr, there 
measuring one Hundred forty eight foot; and Northeast- 
erly by the Land of John Blower, and partly on a Ten- 
foot way there measuring Twenty eight foot and \ with 
all such Interest and property, which the said Butler hath 
in the Ten-foot passage-way leading from said School- 
street to said Land And to the aforesaid Six foot passage 
way. — To have and to hold to the said Jacob Sheaf e his 
heirs and assigns forever. En SHitneSS whereof she the 
said Tabitha Butler hath hereunto set her hand and Seal 
the first day of March, In the Seventh year of the Keign 
of our Sovereign Lord George King of Great Britain &c 
&c, Annoq[ue] Doimini [sic] one Thousand Seven hun- 
dred and Twenty. 172f 

Tabitha Butler and a Seal 
Signed Sealed & Delivered 
In presence of us 

John Bennett 

Zechariah Fitch 

Acknowledged before Timothy Clark Esq. March 6 th 


Kecorded p John Ballantine 'Reg 7 ., March 7% 1720. 
Liber 35. Fo: 110. 



To the Rev fl Mr. Timothy Woodbridge of Hartford, 
Jan r 12, 172|, in Answer to his of Decf 1, <p Mr. Clap; 
Inclose the Kev d Mr. Column's Sermons marbled to Madam 
Woodbridge. Dr. Mather's Boanerges, Mr. Foxcroft's 
Sermon before the Court and printed by them, some of 
the Sand cast up at Newbury which cousin Henry sent 
me. Some account of the Earth Quake there ; Yester- 
day's News-Letter giving account of the Howells — 

Extract of a Letter from Richcl Waldron Esqr. sent [?~\ to Mad. 
Waldron Ms Sister in Boston. 

Portsmouth Jan? 12, 172|. 
— The Earthquake still continues in these parts ; but 
it is most frequent and loud near Merrimack River. On 
Saturday night last, it was heard several times in our 
neighbourhood. And a Man who lives about a mile dis- 
taut from us, in the skirts of a wood, immediatly after 
the first Rumbling and little Shock, heard a fine musical 
sound, like the sound of a Trumpet at a distance. He 
could not distinguish any Tune that he knew ; but per- 
ceiv'd a considerable Variety of Notes. The Musick con- 
tinued till after the Second Rumbling, which succeeded 
the former in about ten minutes. The man's wife heard 
what he did. They are both honest and credible persons, 
of a sober Life and conversation. And I had the story 
from the man's own lips. 

Febr. 27, 172|. Writ to Mr. Experience Mayhew in- 
closing the Journal of yesterday, and Mr. Wigglesworth's 
Sermon to young Men. Mrs. Moodey, a very good wo- 
man, was buried at York Jan r 31. Pray for us. Men- 
tiond our Concerning case at the Church-Meeting this 
Afternoon. Due Salutations. 



To the Reverend Mr. Joseph Sewall and to the Reverend Mr. Thomas 
Prince, Pastors of the South- Church in Boston, and to the Breth- 
ren of the said Church assembled in a Church-Meeting on Tues- 
day the seven and twentieth day of February, 172|. 

In which Meeting Two Questions are to be Answered, 
to wit, Whether the Old Meetinghouse shall be Repaired, 
or a New one builded. 

That our Meetinghouse needs Repairing, is Apparent; 
And I apprehend it ought to be done as soon as the Sea- 
son of the year will admit : 

But as for the building of a New Meetinghouse, it is 
now Unseasonable. God in his holy Providence preserv- 
ing this, seems plainly to advise us to the contrary. This 
is a very good Meetinghouse, and we have not convenient 
room to build a New one in, while this is standing. And 
considering the Terrible Earth-Quakes we have had, 
shaking all our Foundations, it behoves us to walk 
humbly with our God, and to observe the divine Counsel 
given to Baruch by the Prophet Jeremiah in the forty- 
fifth Chapter ; And to take care that we do not say in 
the Pride and greatness of heart, We will cut down the 
Sycamores, and Change them into Cedars. 1 We ought 
to look not only on our own Things, but also on the 
Things of others, and beware that we do not unjustly 
and violently oust them of what they are lawfully 
possess'd of. 2 

Besides, I fear the Mischief is like to be distressing, for 
want of a place to worship God in, while the New Meet- 
inghouse is setting up. 

Upon these, and such like Considerations, I dissent 
from those Brethren, who promote the building a New 

i Isa. 9. 10. 2 Philip. 2. 4. 


Meetinghouse at this Time, and pray that what I have 
written may be entred in the Church Records. 

Sam l Sewall. 

N. Edward Bromfield Esqr. came to me to perswade 
me to go to the Meeting warned last Lord's Day, and de- 
sired me, that if I did not go, I would write ; Accordingly 
1 writ as I could in great Hurries, Monday being Probat- 
Day. I sent for Mr. Bromfield, and he kindly carried it 
for me, and deliverd it, and it was read. 

memorandum of letter. 

To the Revd. Mr. Williams of Deerfield p Mr. Swan, 
March 12, 172f , in Answer to his of Febr. 29. Inclosed 
Dr. Mather's last Sermon, Mr. Wigglesworth to young 
Men and the Weekly Journal of Monday last, Mr. Salter 
being sick. Present Service especially to Mr. Williams of 


To the Eev d Mr. John Webb. 

March 16, 172*. 

Sir, — These are to thank you for your seasonable and 
good Discourse the last Lecture-day. 1 I was about 10 
days ago reading in the seventh of Mark, and was sur- 
prised to find the vulgar render koivovvtol comunicant, 
But the Kheinists mend it by translating, do not make the 
man comon. Looking a little further, I saw this observ- 
able Note on Mark 8, 36. 

The Note " Let such note this " &c. 

1 was much affected with it, and therefore send it to 
you. — fas est et ab hoste doceri. 2 Desiring Prayers that 
the Fear of God may always Keep me, I am Sir, 

your most humble Serv* S. S. 

1 From Prov. 23, 17. 2 Ovid, Met. iv. 428. -Eds. 



A /Speech without- do or 8 touching the Morality of Emitting more 

Paper Bills. 

1. The Country was under no Necessity of Emitting 
them at the first, as is evident from its extricating it self 
out of the Expence of Philip's War without any such 
Contrivances. And the abatement of the expence for the 
gratifying of a gay, tipling and sensual Humour, would 
far more than afford Coniodities for the answering all 
our public Charges. 

2. The Emitting thereof was attended with this Incon- 
venience, that the people had thereby means put into 
their hands of gratifying their gay and sensual dispo- 
sitions ; to the pleasing whereof we were, before their 
being introduced, running mad ; having lost in a great 
measure the view of those superiour and more valuable 
Objects that Reason and Religion teach us to be prin- 
cipally concerned about the obtaining of. And hereunto 
we applyed our selves thereon. 

3. Our Merchants finding that by this Contrivance, 
not only so many foreign Commodities might be vended 
as might be answered by the ordinary Export of the 
Country arising from the Industry of the People ; but 
that in proportion to the Sums in Bills emitted, vending 
them might be increased, sent out of the Country also all 
the Cash therein scraped together by their Trade ; to 
furnish it with further stores of the said Coniodities. 

4. The issue and Consequence of these things is, that 
the Affectation and use of Gayety, Costly Buildings, 
Stilled and other Strong Liquors, Palatable, though un- 
healthy Diet, Rageth with great Impetuosity, and in (its 
to be feared) in [sic] all orders and Degrees of Men. 

5. Though this unhappy Consequence of the Emission 
thereof, is no conclusive Argument against the Lawfull- 


ness of the Emitting of them, yet every wise Man ob- 
serves that, ordinarily, Moneys gotten by plain Industry, 
are better improved. And upon this occasion, the Truth 
of that Saying, What is gotten over the Devil's back, is 
spent under his belly, comes to mind. Secondly, It may 
be observed, that another fruit, or consequence hereof 
is a Floud of Unrighteousness; the original and first 
intended valye of them being sunk more than one half. 
And this depreciating of them is come in principally at 
this door. The Merchant finding as that they will not 
pass in other parts of the World ; so that the produce of 
the Country to be had thereby (whereby his imported 
Comodities must be answered for) are nothing like suf- 
ficient to draw off the Bills he has in his hands, they 
have gradually sunk them. And if things go on a few 
years longer, as they have of late, they will within a 
while, no more than pay for their Emission. And on 
this foot of the discount upon them, or the sinking of 
their Value, these fruits of Unrighteousness grow ; all 
Creditors being obliged by law to receive them as Silver 
Money at 8. sh s «p ounce. (1) Ecclesiastical Men that 
agreed with their People, that their Salaries should be 
paid in Money, are cut out of one half of the Reward that 
they and their people, in their bargains intended and 
designed that they should receive. 1 (2) Hereby Orphans 

1 "The state of the currency, which largely consisted of province bills, 
made it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to settle upon any fixed sum 
for the support of the ministry. In consequence of this uncertainty the 
pastors (of First Church) had been compelled ... to address a severe letter 
to the church, asking them to ' pitch upon some method ' for the proper sup- 
ply of themselves and families with the necessaries of life. The church, after 
hearing the letter read, appointed a committee to consider the matter, and 
their report in favor of a larger supply for that purpose was fully adopted at 
a subsequent meeting." — Ellis's Hist. First Church in Boston, 203. The 
ministers of First Church at this period were Dr. Chas. Chauncy and Rev. 
Thomas Foxcroft. In 1747 the former was invited to preach the Election 
Sermon. lie did so, but in a way which did not please the members of the 
Legislature, as they seemed to be held to account for " the suffering incurred 


are cheated out of more than one half of the Moneys lodgd 
in the hands of their Guardians. (3) The Demandants 
on Bills and Bonds, not payable untill sundry years after 
the giving of them, are defrauded of near or more than 
half of the Money due thereby. (4) A great part of the 

Debts due by Book — (5) The Lessors in long Leases, 

hereby lose more than one half of the Rent of their Land. 
(5) [sic] Many other publick Officers lose hereby one half 
of their just Fees. And indeed might the unjust defalca- 
tions that are hereby made from the aforesaid persons 
Dues be calculated, it might perhaps be seen that they 
amount to more than one half, or the whole of the 
Charges of the War. (7) The whole Country, by the 
emission of them is utterly unhinged, and no Man knows 
what to ask for what he sells ; nor what he receivs for 
his Labour or Commodities. The longer we go on in 
this Method of yearly emitting more Bills, the more will 
our Vanity and Sensuality, Oppression, Unrighteousness 
and Confusion increase. 

It belongs to the Civil Magistrate, both to promote 
Virtue and Justice amongst the people ; and especially to 
see to it, that he do not lead them into the contrary 
hereto ; particularly Sensuality, Effeminatness, Unright- 
eousness, and Confusion. 

Obj. But the people are for creating more Bills, and 
they will not care to be put out of this easy way of pay- 
ing; the charges of the War and Governments. 

A. The Peoples Ease and Accommodation, is by all 
possible good, and reasonable means, and with the utmost 

by the ministers from the fluctuating nature of the currency." " The rebuke 
was so little relished by the Legislature that they were in doubt about pub- 
lishing his sermon, according to custom. When some one told Chauncy of 
their hesitancy, his characteristic reply was : ' It shall be printed whether 
the General Court print it or not. And do you, Sir,' he added, ' say from me, 
that, if I wanted to initiate and instruct a person into all kinds of iniquity 
and double dealing, I would send him to our General Court.' " — Ibid. 
189. — Eds. 


application, to be consulted by their Rulers. And God 
forbid, that we should neglect doing any thing proper for 
us to do ; or oppose the doing any reasonable thing that 
might be serviceable thereunto. 

And were the people lead to a greater neglect of for- 
eign Commodities, such as the gay and costly clothing 
from abroad ; imported inebriating Drinks ; Chocolate, 
and so plentifull eating of Flesh, into the plain and sim- 
ple diet of the Country ; promoting the Manufactures 
thereof, and helped forward in the profitable Tilling of 
our Land, and building of Ships &c, There would be no 
occasion for creating more Bills ; and the people would 
acquiesce in the Conduct ; and at length, mightily ap- 
plaud, and be thankfull for the Steerage. 

Obj. The Trade of the Country is increased by mak- 
ing New Bills. This Objection brings to mind the Scoff 
of the Spanish Embasador, Who being enquired of by his 
own Country-men (when returned home) how the Eng- 
lish lived, Answered, they lived by selling Ale to one 
another. And whereas it is said, that the Trade of the 
Country is hereby increased, This is that we have been 
complaining of. The Trade of it is indeed hereby in- 
creased, but not the wealth. And however the profit of 
a few dealers, (who have learnt the feathering their own 
Nests in the Fogs of our Confusion and unrighteousness) 
may be hereby promoted, yet the Country is in danger 
of being utterly ruined, if this path be still walked in. 

As it belongs to the chief Magistrate to exert himself 
to the uttermost to oppose the Emission of more Bills, so 
certainly our Ministers can never justify their not de- 
claiming; against this course so destructive to their Coun- 
try. Indeed their principal Business is preaching the 
Gospel ; and affairs of State are to be left to the manage- 
ment of Civil Rulers. But when practices prevail that 
lead into Confusion — team with and bring forth a Train 
of Scandalous or horrid injustice, infest and bewitch their 


Country with an Affectation of vain Gayety, and an 
unhealthy way of Living, and are like to be its over- 
throw, if persisted : How can they hold their Peace 
without exposing themselves to the censure of the 
Prophet, of being dumb dogs that cannot bark. 

Cannot there be a stop put to emitting more Bills, by 
humble Remonstrances and sound arguings, through [?] 
and pertinacious humour ? Will not the wisest and best 
friends of the Country be in hazard of joining with its 
Enemies, to dismantle it of its truly valuable Charter- 
Privileges ? And will it not be said by wise Men, that 
more wise and just methods might be expected under a 
wise and manly Heathen Monarchy ? 

May it please your Honour, 

The inclosed Sheet is humbly submitted to your Yiew 
and deliberat Consideration, which we would not have 
so understood, as if any Emission of any number of Bills 
of Publick Credit were in any case objected against, 
as being unlawful!, were care taken to keep up the Credit 
of them. But the Emitting, as managed amongst us, 
we suppose is a Moral Evil. And the persisting therein 
will doubtless be of fatal Consequence. And Sir, if you 
may be the Instrument of bringing this fond Emission of 
them to an end, Will you not hereby raise a lasting 
Monument, whereby you will be remembred with Hon- 
our amongst Men, when greater Rewards shall be con- 
ferred on you in another World, for your faithfull Service 
to your Generation in this ? 

Which with sincere Wishes, that your Hon r may be yet 
a further and greater blessing to the People over whom 
divine Providence has made you the head, and also that 
benign Rays of happy Influence may be scattered from 
your Honour, into the Neighbouring Governments, is 
from your Friends and humble Servants. 

I received this March 3, 172|, in a Letter from War- 
ham Mather Esqr., dated at N. H. Jan r 14 th , 172|. 



To the Rev d Mr. Moocley of York, p Mr. Young, March 
19, 172|, 12 £ of Rice 30 3 Bills with Mr. Gee's Fun 1 
Sermon on Dr. Mather, Mr. Wiggles worth to a company 
of young Men — should be glad of a Fun! Sermon on 
my dear Kinswoman by Mr. Wise or some other, that 
I might print it as a Memorial of her — 

Boston, April 18, 1728, at the House of William Wels- 
teed Esqr. 1 

Upon Consideration had of the Introduction of Mr. 
Timothy White into the stated Preaching of the Gospel 
on the Island of Nantucket : And having received from 
him a serious Declaration, and Assurance of his Willing;- 
ness to enter also upon the Service of the Souls of the 
Indians on said Island ; Voted that Fifty Pounds of the 
Money put into our Hands by the Reverend Mr. Thomas 
Cotton of Hamstead near London, be advanced to Mr. 
Timothy White for his encouragement and Support in 
that Service. 

Sam l Sewall. 

W M Welsteed. 

Bexj- Colman. 

samuel sewall to rev. john danforth. 

To the Bev d . Mr. John Danforth of Dorchester. 

April 18, 1728. 

Rev? Sir, — I am much obliged by the Honour you 
did me, when you presented me with your valuable Dis- 
course on the Earth-Quake, having annexed your agree- 
able Poem on your excellent and only Brother the 
Reverend Mr. Samuel Danforth of Taunton ; And on the 
Reverend Mr. Peter Thacher of Milton my dear Class- 
mate. I may well condole the Bereavement, whenas so 

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much personal Friendship is therewithall vanished. There 
abide the Hopes of a Blessed Resurrection to Comfort us; 
as also concerning your excellent Mother, notwithstand- 
ing the Hissings of our Sadducees to the contrary. 

I thank you for your continued Friendship to me, and 
for the frequently repeated Kindness and Entertainment 
in the solemn Assembly, and in your own House. 1 
sympathise with you in your Afflictions, and pray that 
you may be strengthend to hold out unto the end ; and 
pray your Remembrance of me, that GOD would rectify 
the Disorder of my Back, strengthen my weak Hands, 
and confirm my feeble Knees ; and that as my dear Classe- 
mates have run their Race, I also may be made ready for 
the coming of our LORD. Accept of the inclosed News- 
Letter, and the two Angels, as a small token of my great 
Respect. Desiring Prayers, I am Sir, your obliged Friend 
and most humble Servt. Sam l Sewall. 

The Rev d Mr. Taylor of Westfield sits in his great 
Chair, and canot walk from thence to his Bed without 
Suport. He is longing and waiting for his Dismission. 


Monday, April 22, 1728. Made a Lease of the Coach- 
House and Stable to John Lucas, Coach-Maker, from 
March 25, 1728, for Five years, Barthol. Green jun?, 
John Draper, and Abijah Browne being Witnesses. 

April 24, 1728. Writ to Sister Northend by Major 
Gerrish inclosing the Rev* Mr. John Danforth of the 
Earth-Quake. Gazette q* the King's Speech, News-Let- 
ter qt. the character of Mrs. Moodey of York, 2 verses 
of Opening the Century. 

May 2, 1728, feria quinta. At the Anniversary Meeting 
at the Council-Chamber in Boston pursuant to my L d 

VOL. II. — 16 


Chancellor's Decree relating to the Affairs of Ilopkinton, 
Chose Col. Edward Hutchinson Esqr. Treasurer for the 
year ensuing. Chose the hon— Nathan 1 Byfield Esqr. 
in the room of the hon ble Penn Townsend Esqr. deceased 
last Aug' ; and the Rev? Benjs Wadsworth Esqr., Presi- 
dent of Harvard College, in the room of the Rev d Dr. 
Cotton Mather deceased last February. Mr. Sewall 
preach'd the Lecture from 1 John, 3. 3. And every one 
that hath this Hope. 

Lord's Day, June 23. Mr. Sewall is remarkably as- 
sisted in Expounding Joseph's Making himself known to 
his Brethren or of his sending them to his Father, Gen. 
16. to the end; and in preaching from those words, See 
that you fall not out by the Way. In the Evening fol- 
lowing, ,my cousin Mrs. Jane Green told me of Gov!" Bur- 
net's Comission being come; w^hich I heard not of before; 
though twas known in Town the evening before. 

Feria secunda, June 24. Brother Moody comes so late 
to Brintnal's that he lodges at his house, where he first 
heard this News. Brintnal is so diseased that he can't go 
to bed, but sits in his Chair all night. Midweek, June 
26. I write to Sister Northend, and send her Mr. Wal- 
ter's Holiness of Heaven <p John Northend, one of Mr. 
Gibbs's Sermons to him, one to Nathan! Bradstreet, One to 
Ezekiel Northend, one to Sam. Northend, one to Dorothy 
Northend jun r , Dr. Burgess to Rev d Mr. Pay son. July 1, 
Sent my Sister Corriencement Theses p Mr. Lambert. 

Boston, July 3, 1728. Capt. John Keyes, Sir, as I let 
you five Hundred Acres of my farm at Shrewsbury, June 
21, 1727, so I now let you the Meadow of the whole 
Farm (not having heard from Mr. How of a long time), 
To let it out to Shrewsbury people for whom it is mos[t] 
convenient ; to industrious honest Men, who may clear 
it of Brush, and keep it clear, and pay me such Rent 
Annually, as shall be Reasonable 

Sir, your friend and Serv' Sam l Sewall. 


Copy oftheRev d . Elisha Williams ■, Rector of Yale College, his Letter. 

N-Haven, June 24, 1728. 

Hon d Sir, — This humbly asks your Pardon, that any 
thing should make me so long forget my Duty to ac- 
knowledge the favour of your's and the enclosed, — and 
the Honour you was pleased therein to do to our Com- 
mencers Theses. I wish our Performances may always 
deserve your approbation ; — and our College be so 
happy as to have your favourable Eye upon it. I am 
also to offer my Humble Thanks for that Entertaining 
Present I received by the Hand of Mr. Prout ; — your 
Phcenomena Apocalyptica, where we find, Instead of a Bill 
of Exclusion for Columbina, 1 her equal, if not stronger 
Pretensions, to be the place of the New Heavens, than 
any of her Three Sisters, as some of those Texts you 
urge, seem to constrain us to Think : Even a Mede him- 
self Viewing it. I Beg your Honours Candid acceptance 
of a Sermon enclosed with this, which offers itself, not as 
worthy of it, But as a Testimony of my profound respect ; 
and that the author may have an Interest in your prayers, 
that he maynt fail of a Share in the Blessings of free and 
Sovereign Grace it faintly attempts to Illustrate — Is the 
Humble Request of your Hon- most Humble Servant 

Elisha Williams. 

For the Honour™? Sam 1 . Sewall Esqr. In Boston. 


Boston, July 8, 1728. 

Rev 1 ? Sir, — Your very obliging Letter dated June 24, 
I receiv'd the first of July, of Mr. Polderson. It came 

1 See Proceed. Mass. Hist. Soc. (2d Ser.), II. 161. — Eds. 


most seasonably to refresh me wearied with the Contempt 
of a vain and proud World. Beza, in his excellent Ser- 
mons upon the three first Chapters of Solomon's Song, 
has this remarkable passage : " Tardare, non est simpliciter 
" din subsistere ; sed serins quam par sit advenire. Exempli 
"gratia. Num Sol propter -ea retardare anni tempora dicetitr, 
" quod non nisi duodecim mensibus ad idem suum punctnm re- 
"dit?" Cap. 2. v. 8, 9, 10. homil. 19, p. 366. 

Am very thankfull for your kind Acceptance of my 
view of your Commencers Theses, the sight of which was 
a Gratification to me. It surprises me that you have 
been at the Pains to read over the Phenomena Apoca- 
lyptica. And I am still more affected, that you have 
seen meet to crown it with your Approbation. 1 have 
read your Sermon with great delight, and earnestly de- 
sire your Prayers, that I may not seem to fall short of 
the Free Grace of God, therein skillfully and valiantly 

I ask your Acceptance of the Eevd. Mr. Mitch el and 
Mr. Stoughton, which will be proper Arms for your Gari- 
son at this time. There is also inclosed the Commcndamus 
of my dear Master. Famous Marcouvius (who writes 
his name Malzoushj) was a strenuous promoter of it. 
Praying God to go on to prosper you in Yale-college, 
and in New Haven; and desiring the continuance of your 
Prayers for me, I take leave, who am Eev? Sir, your most 
humble Servant Sam! - Sewall. 

«p Mr. Polderson. 


July 10. 

May it please your Excellency, — It was in the 
year 1699, the later end of May, when with many of the 
Council, I went to Newport to meet my Lord Bellomont, 
arriving there in the Province Gaily from New York. 
And now that the Infirmities of Age allow me not to un- 


dertake such a Journy, I humbly pray your Excel 8 Ac- 
ceptance of my Letter, though written with a feeble 
hand, to congratulat your Excel? having proceeded safely 
so far, in order to your entring upon the Government of 
this Province, where your presence is peculiarly wanted 
at this time. Humbly Acknowledging your Excel 8 , unde- 
served Favours formerly bestowed upon me, and praying 
that your passage towards us may be speedily and pros- 
perously concluded, I take Leave, who am your Excel! 
most humble and most Obedient Serv* Sam l . Sewall. 
Boston of the Massachusets, July 10, 1728. 


1728, Boston, July the Eleventh. 
Mr. John Williams. 

Nine and twenty years ago, when my Lord Bellomont 
arrived at Newport in Quality of our Governour, I helpd 
to make up the number of Councillours that waited on his 
Lordship there. And now not being able to undertake 
such a Journy, I send a Letter, which I pray you to De- 
liver to his Excellency Governour Burnett for me, the 
Kindness whereof shall be acknowledged by Sir your 
humble Servant Sam l Sewall. 

To Mr. John Williams Merchant in Boston, now travel- 
ling to Bristol, on Rode-Island. Mr. Jonas Clark took 
the Letter, having Governour Burnett's Seal'd up in it, 
to give to Mr. Williams, at 4. p. meridiem. 


To Capt. Isaac Little Esqr. at Pembroke, at the importunity of 

Desire Sonny, widoio of James Bonny of the said Pembrook 

deceased intestat. 

Boston, July 17 1728. 

Capt. Little, — The widow Desire Bonny earnestly 
requested me to write to you on her behalf that, foras- 



much as Capt. Tomson her fast friend is now dead, you 
would rise up and plead her cause ; particularly that a 
Bed orderd her by his Honour the Judge of Probat, may 
be bona fide deliverd to her ; and in other causes as the 
matter may require. If I live to see Col. Winslow next 
week, I hope to proceed further in seeking redress for 
her. In the mean time I rest Sir, your humble Serv' 

Sam l Sewall. 
To Capt. Isaac Little Esqr. at Pembrook, g the Widow Bonny. 


July 27, 1728. To the Rev d Mr. Moses Noyes of Lime, 
p Renold Malvin, who brought Comendations to me from 
him, and Thanks for the Phenomena sent him. I gave 
him an Account of the death of my old friend Mrs. Re- 
bekah Knight and her character, a very good Christian 
all along. Liv'd with her Son Joseph Knight, who carried 
towards her with Exemplary Love and Filial Tenderness 
during all the time of her painfull Sickness. My School- 
fellow Deacon William Noyes was near and comforted her. 
He grows crazy, and unable to Travell. Col. Noyes begins 
to be diseased in his feet, and indisposed to go a-foot or 
ride. Inclos'd Mitchel of Glory, Council's Address, and 
Governour's Answer, the Gov 1 ". 8 Answer. 1 The Verses of 
Mr. Byles. Desired Prayers that to live, to me might be 
Christ, and to dye Gain &c. 

Mr. Malvin has prevail'd with Mr. Coolitlge of Water- 
town to go to Lime as an Assistant to Mr. Noyes ; Will 
set out about a fortnight hence. 

1 Indications of advancing years are shown in the handwriting and in 
occasional repetitions on the part of the Judge, towards the close of his 
Letter Book. — Eds. 



May it please Your Excellency, — That which I 
have often design'd to do but was one way or other pre- 
vented, the extraordinary sickness I had last Saturday 
night quickens me to the performance of. 

I pray your Excellency to grant me a Dismission from 
my Places of Chief Justice and Judge of Probate. I have 
many times desired it of the Hon me William Dummer 
Esqr. when Lieu* Govern 1 : and Commander in Chief. But 
His Honour was pleased to express his Desire that I 
would Hold the place until a Govern? came, which I now 
do, that your Excell c . y may have some time to consider 
how those Posts may be conveniently provided for. 

It is high time for me to be favoured with some Lei- 
sure, that I may prepare for the entertainments of another 

I have this morning given order to the Carpenters to 
build a Leanto which Mr. Cooke advized me of, that so 
your Excel?. 7 may know the better what Kent to ask of 
the Representatives. 

If it may be thought fit and your ExcelrT please to 
move it, I should be glad if the Province would pay the 
Rent untill the Time that Col? Shute was declared not to 
be our Govern r , but I entirely submit this to your Excel- 
lencys prudence. 

Praying GOD to give direction and Success to your 
Excell? in the Exercise of your Government, with Thanks 
for former Favours I take leave, who am 

Your Excellencys most Humble and most obedient Ser- 
vant Samuel Sewall. 

Monday Morning July 29, 1728. 
For His Excellency William Burnet Esqr. Capt- General and Gov- 
erns in Chief in and over His Maf- S Province of the Massachusets 
Bay in New England in Boston. 

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Aug' 10, 1728. I adjusted my Account with Mr. 
Henry Howell on W m Howell the Cabbinet-maker's 
Lease, and paid him in full ; and he me to the 25 th of 
March Last, Mr. John Bayly assisting me. 

At Boston upon the Lord's Day Aug* 11 th , 1728, about 
6. p. in. a Noble Rainbow was seen in the Cloud, after 
great Thundering, and Darkness, and Rain : One foot 
thereof stood upon Dorchester Neck, the Eastern end of 
it ; and the other foot stood upon the Town. It was very 
bright, and the Reflection of it caused another faint Rain- 
bow to the westward of it. For the entire Compleatness 
of it, throughout the whole Arch, and for its duration, 
the like has been rarely seen. It lasted about a quarter 
of an hour. The middle parts were discontinued for a 
while ; but the former Integrity and Splendor were 
quickly Recovered. I hope this is a sure Token that 
CHRIST Remembers his Covenant for his beloved Javs 
under their Captivity and Dispersion ; and that He will 
make haste to prepare for them a City that has founda- 
tions, whose Builder and Maker is GOD. 

Isa. 54. 8. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee, 
for a moment ; but with everlasting kindness will I have 
Mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy redeemer. 

9. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me ; for as I 
have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go 
over the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be wroth 
with thee, nor rebuke thee — 

10. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be 
removed ; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, 
neither shall the Covenant of my peace be removed, 
saitli the LORD, that hath mercy on thee. 

Rev. 22. 17. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. 


20. He which testifieth these things, saith, Surely I 
come quickly, Amen. Even so, Come Lord Jesus. 

S. S. 


Aug* 16, 1728. Writ to the Rev d Mr. Moody of York 
by Jeremiah Moulton Esqr.. Inclosed 4 News-Letters of 
the Eainbow, two of Mr. Loring's Sermons : To Mr. Jo- 
seph Moody, Vial of Tears from New-London, Two 20! 
Bills to help him in his Expences. Salutations. My 
Extraordinary Sickness of Flux and Vomiting the night 
after the 27. July quickened me to resign my places of 
Chief Justice and Judge of Prob*, which I did Monday 
July 29. Pray that the Retirement and Leisure I am 
seeking for may be successfully improved in preparing 
for a better World. 

To the Rev d Mr. Nehemiah Walter at Eoxbury, Sept? 
10% 1728. Enquiring of him Whether the Industry 
and Expence of Joseph and Nicodemus might not be a 
means of Accomplishing that glorious Promise. Psal. 16. 
10. Neither wilt thou Suffer thy holy One to see cor- 
ruption. Hezekiah who had fifteen years added to his 
Life, yet must lay a lump of Figs on the boyl. Cited 
Calvin on John 19, 38. If in your own Meditations, or 
from the r[e]nowned Authors quoted by the Doctor in 
his excellent preface, you meet with any thing pro or 
con, I pray you to impart it to me. Desiring Prayers, 
that by the Death and Resurrection of CHRIST, I may 
be fortified against the fears of my own Dissolution and 
against all Temptations, I take leave, who am Sir, your 
most humble and obedient Servant S. S. 

Sent this by Mr. Bacon of Connecticut. 

Little before Sun-set a fine Rainbow was seen ; My Wife 
saw it at her cousin Allin's, and she shewed it to her and 
to Mrs. Eliot. William Swett saw it after the Catechising. 



Honourable Sir, — I have received your PhaenomaBna 
Apocalyptica, and account it my duty to return my humble 
thanks for that as well as for other tokens of respect and 
kindness you have shewed me and mine. I do fully con- 
cur with what your hon r asserts page alt. that the beauty 
and grandeur of the new Jerusalem will chiefly consist in 
humility, purity of worship, self-denyal, love, peace, and 
joy in believing. And gold, jewels and pearls are but 
faint shadows of the graces of the Holy Spirit : but inas- 
much as they are of highest account among the things 
our Earth affords, they are fitly used to represent them. 
As to Mr. Mede's conjecture of Gog and Magog, I have 
not his Book and so am not capable to be a judge of his 
reasons. But as to New England, though in many re- 
spects under dark appearances that cannot but cause sad 
thots of heart, least for our barrenness and growing im- 
pieties, God's anger may wax hot against us (as well as 
against other parts of the professing world called re- 
formed) yet I think it's our duty to plow in hope, as the 
Apostles allusion is 1 Cor. 9. 10 ; and as to the Natives, 
what the worthy Mr. Mayhew hath lately publish'd re- 
specting the success of the Gospel among them in so 
many instances, as it cannot but be a rejoicing to the 
heart of every one that is godly, so it will encourage 
praj^er and hope for the farther success of the Gospel 
among them. Besides, may we not hope that the true 
and pious zeal that God put into the hearts of many who 
transplanted themselves and familys into this then uncul- 
tivated wilderness, was on a design of mercy to their pos- 
terity (whom they had a special eye to), and who can say 
that Noah's prophecy at the beginning of this new World, 
God shall enlarge Japhet and he shall dwell in the tents 

2 See Sewall's Diary, III. 5, note. — Eds. 


of Shem, Gen. 9. 27, did not comprehend New-England. 
And methinks there is hope from God's Covenant with 
his people in N. England, the children of old : And why 
may we not hope that the outpourings of grace upon 
that Kingdom, whenever it shall be, may reach, like the 
oyle upon the head of Aaron, to the skirts of his gar- 
ments. This we are sure of, that Christ Jesus is the 
head of his whole body the Church, wherever dispersed. 
And that his love to, and care of it are sufficient grounds 
to rely upon for every thing that his wisdom sees fit. 
And if it be his will to perpetuate his name and glory in 
this our part of the world, who shal let it? And cer- 
tainly there must be some ground to hope for it, because 
of the foundations he hath laid for its continuance in our 
Churches, Colleges, Magistrates and Ministery. But I 
may yet add when God doth his great works of Mercy 
for his people, it is still for his own name sake, and not 
for our sake. The same Spirit of Grace that is Omni- 
present can reach the hearts of men in One part of the 
world as well as another. God hath mercy on whom he 
will have mercy — But if we understand it of the Spir- 
itual glory of the Church in purity, holiness, and peace, 
I must confess myself at a loss why new Mexico or in- 
deed any particular spot of Earth should be pitch'd upon 
rather than another. And if any place more than other 
shall shine with the brightness of Divine Grace, I think 
Ezekiels prophecy (which doubtless respects the latter 
times), points us more directly to the land of Judea &c, 
when Jerusalem shall be built again in its own place, 
even in Jerusalem. But if it may not be burdensome to 
your Hon r , I will venture to add some reasons why I 
have been for several years persuaded that the New Jeru- 
salem intends such a state of the Church as before men- 
tioned ; and not glorified Saints descending from Heaven 
and assuming their bodies, which shall then be incorrup- 
tible and immortal, to dwell together in the New Jeru- 


salem — We have a description of the N. Jerusalem 
ver. 21, and there be several circumstances which shew 
the Inhabitants of this city are not glorified saints, but 
mortal men. (1) It is said, ver. 3, They shall be his 
people, and he will be their God, which plainly implies 
the Covenant between God and them — as with his 
Church formerly and lately, but I suppose glorified saints 
to be under another dispensation than visible Churches 
upon Earth. (2) Freedom from Persecution and tyranny 
is promised to it, v. 4 ; but there is no occasion to make 
such promises to glorified saints, they are in no danger of 
such evils. (3) The Gospel is offered to those inhabi- 
tants of the N. Jerusalem, v. 6, that are supposed to 
be athirst to have relief offered them. But Glorified 
Saints are under no such invitations, but are in posses- 
sion of Eternal life. (4) Encouragements are set before 
them to overcome, v. 7. But Glorified Saints have fin- 
ished their labour, have overcome, and are rewarded for 
it. (5) That the Kings of the Earth shall bring their 
honour, and of the nations into it, v. 24, 26. But Jewels 
and Raiment and Riches, chariots and crowns will signify 
nothing to Glorified Saints. (6) It's hard to conceive 
how the condition of Glorified Saints should be mended 
by leaving the Empyrean heavens to dwell in the N. Jeru- 
salem upon Earth. I shall only add (7) That it seems to 
me for several reasons evident that Rev. 20. 4. 5. 6. doth 
not speak of a bodily but a political resurrection, and that 
the Church which hath been persecuted and slain under 
Antichrist shall revive again, and be brought into a pros- 
perous and flourishing condition. I shall only mention 
two. (1) The resurrection spoken of Rev. 11. 11. is not 
bodily but political, and why not that Rev. 20. ? for that 
both respect the same time, viz. the time of the mine of 
Antichrist. (2) It's said, On them the second death had 
no power, whereas if they had been men raised out of 
their graves, to have said that of them would have been 


no new revelation ; but supposing them to be successors 
of the persecuted Church, it shews us that they should 
be pious men whose names are written in the book of life. 
I am afraid my prolixity may be burdensom. I must 
beg your Honours pardon and pray you would accept my 
humble Service to yourself and Madam Sewall, with due 
respects to your worthy sons, Mr. Sewall and Mr. Cooper. 
I pray God make your Old Age comfortable to you and 
still useful to others, as he doth of his abundant mercy 
my Father Stoddards. 

Your Honours Humble Servant 

William Williams. 
Col Partridge continues yet hearty and strong, and 
fails not to attend the weekly worship coming on foot 
constantly to it. 

Hatfield, January 22, 172J. 


Boston, N. E. Octob 1 : 2, 1728. 
Me. Sau l . Stokke and loving Cousin. 

Sir, — I writ to you, <p my Nephew Mr. Sam! Sewall 
Merchant, for some Memorandums, Sep* 13 th last, viz. 

Two yards of good black Sattin to make Caps with. 
Two yards of black Glaz'd Callico to line them. 

Two Pieces of good Holland yard-wide for Shirting 
at 3 s . 

Two Pieces of Cambrick for Handkerchiefs. 

A piece of Garlix Holland. 

Three Sets of the Dutch Annotations 2 d hand if fair 
and reasonable. 

Pool's Englpsh] Annotations at 2 d Hand, three Sets 
also if fair and good. 

Twelfe of the Assembly's Confession of Faith, larger 
Catechisme with proofs at Length. Shorter ditto &c. 
bound up together. 


Dr. Calamy of the ejected Ministers two Vol., and his 
Answer to him that insulted him. 

Mr. Baxter against the National Conversion of the Jews. 

Please to deliver Three pounds ten Shillings to my 
Nephew Mr. Samuel Sewall. 

I send these by Mr. Nathan 1 Balston Merchant, who 
lately married my dear Grandchild Mrs. Hannah Hirst. 
I intreat your Favour for him, and Assistance of him in 
what he may stand in need ; in doing which you will 
much oblige me ; I shall take it as done to my self. I 
have inclosed a Letter to Mr. Thomas Storke of Kumsey, 
to remit to you what he has of mine in his hand, to ena- 
ble you to purchase for me the Memorandums above 
mentiond. I am Sir, your obliged Kinsman and humble 
Serv' S. S. 


To Mr. Thomas Storke Clothier in Bumsey. 

Octob r 3, 1728. 
Mr. Thomas Stoek, and loving Cousin. 

Sir, — Through the Goodness of God, I am hitherto in 
the land of the Living ; and am praying to God to rectify 
the disorders of my Back ; Strengthen my weak Hands, 
and confirm my feeble Knees ; Which I cannot do syn- 
cerely, without using appointed Means. And therefore 
on the 13 th of Aug* last, and yesterday, I have been writ- 
ing to your Brother Mr. Samuel Storke Merchant in 
London, to send some Memorandums Sutable for me. 
And now I write this Letter, desiring, and Ordering you 
to remit to him what you have of mine in your Hand, to 
purchase the same. I pray you not to fail. My kind 
Love to my dear Cousin your Wife, and to your Daugh- 
ters. Desiring prayers, I am Sir, your loving Kinsman 
and humble Serv 1 S. S. 

Postscript. I have received a Letter from Mr. Nathan! 


Dummer of Compton, which am very thankfull for, but 
canot answer now. Cousin Carter is not without thoughts 
of returning to England again. 


To Isaac Simon and others, Brethren of the Church and Congre- 
gation usually assembling at Mashpaw Meeting- House on the 
Lords- Day, for carrying on the publick Worship of GOD. 

Beloved Brethren, — As I had a hand in forwarding 
it, so I am glad that Mr. Joseph Bourn is with you as your 
Pastour. He is of your selves, a learned and pious Man, 
much conversant in the Scriptures of Truth, and is nat- 
urally inclined to serve you and take care of you, and 
promote your Welfare. And I am confident, should you 
part with him, you would repent it ; He seeks not yours, 
but you. And seeing he is contented to take up his 
abode with you, this is a great price you have in your 
hand to get the possession of Wisdom ; May God of his 
Mercy give you an heart. Be humbly thankful that the 
Lord of the Harvest hath sent this labourer into his 
Harvest ; and rejoice that you have a convenient Oppor- 
tunity to stay him therein. Bestow a sutable quantity 
of Land upon him for a Settlement. Fifty Acres seems 
to be but a modest proposal for him, seeing he is the First 
Minister that Settles with you. The Infirmitys of my 
Age have obliged me to quit most of the places I sus- 
tained. It is a pleasure to me that being still of the 
number of the Commissioners, I have the advantage of 
Exhorting you to the doing of that which I am perswaded 
will be very much for your good. Praying for you, and 
desireing your Prayers that to live, to me may be CHKIST, 
and to dye Gain. I rest 

Loving Brethren, Your Cordial Friend and Servant 

Sam' Sew all. 

Boston, Octob? 8, 1728. 


To the Hon h l c Judge Quincy JEsq r at Salem. 

Boston, Octob. 30, 1728. 

HonT Sr. — I much desired to have spoken with you, 
but I suppose fail'd of it by your going by Cambridge. 
These are to Wish you, and the whole Court a good Ses- 
sions, to whom I present my Service. 

Present my Humble Duty to the Govern r . I purposed 
to have waited on His Excellency, but was prevented by 
the badness of the Weather, and my own feebleness. 

If any thing should concern me peculiarly in these 
shaking times, I would pray you to speak on my behalf, 
as may be convenient. 

The Five Hundred Acres of Land at Pennicook was 
confirmed to me and my Wife by the General Court 
under the Seal of the Province, November 20, 1695, And 
signed by the Hon b f e William Stoughton Esqr. Command? 
in Chief, and by the Hon b * e Isaac Addington Esqr. Secre- 
tary, and put upon .Record. 

I am with due regard, Hon ble Sr, Your Loving Kinsman, 
and most humble Servant. Samuel Sewall. 

To the Hon hle Sam 1 . Partridge Esqr. at Hatfield. 

NovF 5, 1728. 
Hox BLE Sir, — I received both your valuable Letters, 
the last by your Deputy, for which I am very thankfull, 
and ask your pardon that I have been so very dilatory in 
returning an Answer. This 5*? of Nov r helps to quicken 
me in remembrance of my Duty. We ever now and 
then remember you, by Singing the Hundred and twenty- 
first Psalm, I to the Hills — which my wife calls your 
Psalm, because you sung it with us Dec r 29, 1723. If 


we can sing that Psalm in Faith and Humility, we shall 
do well, whatsoever the Times are, or may be. The last 
Lord's Day, the third Ins', after fierce Rain and thick 
Darkness, a bright and Noble Rainbow appeared to the 
North-east, maintaining a perfect Arch throughout, which 
continued the space of many minutes, I think faild not 
till the Sun withdrew. CHRIST's Letter to the Angel 
of the Church of Ephesus, is the most consumat Address 
of a most passionat and prudent Lover. Me thinks, by 
this covenant of the Rainbow, CHRIST seems to conde- 
scend to speak after the same manner to New-England : 
Oh that we had Ears to hear. 

I lately read the Rev d Mr. Hooker's Survey of the Sum 
of Church-Discipline, printed at London in the year 1648. 
Edward Hopkins and William Goodwin write an Epistle ; 
I would fain know whether this be the famous Gov- 
ernour Hopkins, from whom we have our Hopkinton ; 
and whether William Goodwin, be the noted Elder who 
afterwards remov? to Hadly? Dr. Thomas Goodwin 
says, This Treatis was finisht and sent over transcrib'd 
well nigh two years since — but it was then buried in the 
rude waves of the vast Ocean, with many precious Saints, 
April 17, 1648. t. g. I should be glad to be inform'd, 
whether the Copy was sent in the great Ship that went 
from New-Haven, and never was heard of. 

I thank you for the Copy of Mr. Hooker's large Letter 
sent to you upon your Bereavment, which was very In- 
structive to me. I have a pleasant Remembrance of 
your Kindness to me when lodging at your House, and 
when you brought me going as far as Sugar-Loaf, in my 
way to Dearfield. I am now in a great measure past 
Travelling, yet still praying to God to correct the Dis- 
orders of my Back, to strengthen my weak Hands, and 
to confirm my feeble Knees. 

Having before, long intended and desired it, and by a 
sharp fit of Sickness being awakened, I actually laid down 

VOL. II. — 17 


my places of Chief Justice, and Judge of Prob*, July 29, 
1728. But his Excellency continued me in the place of 
Judge of Prob* till a convenient Opportunity might be 
found to fill it up. In a political sence, There is a Time 
to be born, and a Time to dye. May God enable us to 
make a full Submission, and an entire Resignation to His 
Will and Pleasure, which is best. 

I send you Mr. Mitchel of Glory : Take me along with 
you in reading of it. Governour Burnet went to New- 
Hampshire last Satterday, from his Hon! the L* Gov r at 
Newbury to meet his Honr. L fc Gov r Wentworth at 
Hampton, to publish his Comission, and dine there, and 
so proceed to the Bank, as is said. (My Lord Bellomont's 
Comission was publish t at Hampton upon a Satterday 

My Service to Madam Partridge. Desiring Prayers, I 
rest who am Sir, your most humble Serv* 

Sam l Sewall. 


We are to inform the Congregation, That the allow- 
ance made to our Rev d Pastors, has for a considerable 
time been found insufficient for that Comfortable and Hon- 
ourablc Maintenance and Supply with the conveniences of 
Life, which is their due from us, who are their Care and 

It is therefore thought proper and necessary that we now 
recommend to the Congregation, that there be a Contribu- 
tion on the next Sabbath for each of our said Rev d Ministers, 
Hoping that as God has prospered you, so you will freely 
offer; 1 Trusting that it will be a Sacrifice w 'ell- pleasing to 
God, and an Encouragement to them in their hard labours and 
Services for our Spiritual and much greater Interests. 

1 This form of words seems to have been used at an earl}' date in calling 
for a contribution. See Ellis's Hist, of First Church in Boston, 17. — Eds. 


The Congregation are desired to remember that the 
time proposed for this contribution is on the next Lords 


To the Rev? Mr. Solomon Stoddard at JST. Hampton. Sent g Elijah 
Williams this day. 

Detf 10, 1728. 

Kev d Sir, — I have lately seen p Mr. Stoddard's Let- 
ter, that although you continue your Ministerial Labours 
on the Sabbath and Lecture, which is wonclerfull, yet 
now it is with much pain ; and you hardly expect to live 
out the winter. I congratulate the unparalleld con- 
stancy of Serviceableness, which God has honoured you 
with, and the Blessing granted you in the Serviceableness 
of your Children and Grand Children. When the Set 
Time comes, I hope you will be enabled joyfully to pro- 
nounce Simeon's Nunc dimittis. 'Tis more accuratly ex- 
presed in the Greek, than in our Translation. I pray 
you to turn to it, for I cannot tell how to write it. 

Dr. John Clark died last Thorsday night, about 6 or 7 
A-clock. I am apt to think the drawing in freely so much 
of that very cold Aer was the cause of his sudden death. 
He went into his Garden in the morning and suppos'd 
the Aer refresh'd him ; afterward he went to his daughter 
Allen's ; by and by he stole away to his neighbour Morris 
just a-cross the Street. When his Grandson Allen went 
to call him home he perceiv'd that he limp'd. At his 
entring his own Kitchen, his family saw that the right 
side of his Mouth was drawn awry, and all that side was 
defective ; at which they were exceedingly amazed, and 
put him into a warm bed. His wife and one of his 
daughters were at Lecture, not foreseeing any such 
change. He was my beloved Physician. Was made a 
Justice of Peace by my Lord Bellomont in the Sumer 
1700, a little before his Lordship returned to New York. 


Dr. Clark died about 61 years old. I have buried very 
many noble Physicians ; when my flesh and my heart 
faileth me, May God be the strength of my heart and my 
Portion for ever : May Jesus Christ the Righteous be my 
Advocat with the Father ! 

I send you Mr. Lee's Triumph of Faith ; and your Es- 
ther your Annas Mr. Mitchel of Glory. I humbly thank 
you for all your Favours vouchsafed me, and desiring 
Prayers I rest 

Sir, your most humble Serv* 

Sam l Sewall. 
Give due Salutations. 

Sent also 4 Opening the Century; 3 May 12, 1720. 2 
of Mr. Willard's Recovery. 1 Vial of Tears. 

Sent the Rev d Mr. Williams of Dearfield Mr. Column's 
Family Worship, and papers as above. Gave Elijah, his 
Son, Mr. Column's Family Worship, which was all I had ; 
and an Almanack, with Candida Cresce dies 1 and a Crown 
to buy him a dram. 


Boston, Dec 1 : the eleventh, 1728. 

Sir, — These are to congratulate your Excellency upon 
the pleasant day you have for your Journy to Salem. 
May divine Conduct be vouchsafed in the great and mo- 
mentous Affairs to be transacted to morrow, that all may 
be done in the fear of GOD, for the Honour of the 
King, for the Welfare of the Province, and for your own 

I am Sir, your Excellency's most humble and most 
obedient Servant Sam l Sewall. 

For his Excellency William Burnett Esqr., Capt. General and Gov- 
ern our in Chief in and over His Maf. Province of the Massachu- 
sets Bay in JVew England. 

i See Vol. I. 3S7. — Eds. 


To the Rev? Mr. William Cooper in Boston. 

Jan? 24* 172f . 

Mr. Cooper, — I join with you and my Daughter your 
wife, in Blessing GOD for his Goodness in giving her a 
safe Delivery in Child-birth this week ; especially, this 
being the fifth Receipt of Mercy of this kind. And that 
when through the divine Sovereignty, you were come to 
be out of Sorts, God has been pleased to favour you with 
a Daughter ; so that now your Children make a File four 
deep ; three Sons, and one Daughter. Accept of the two 
Five-pound Bills of Credit inclosed to help you in your 
Disbursments. I pray God t[o] establish your restored 
Health and to recover the Health and Strength of the 
Mother; sparing both Root and Branches. I am Sir, 
your loving Father S. S. 


To Mr. Sam! Storke Merchant in London, Jan r 25% 172|. 

Confirm'd what I writ for Sept r 13, and since, Octobf 2. 

Added now to enquire whether Nightingals would bear 
the Cold of our Winter, what the Cost of a Cock and Hen 
Desired Mr. Balston to bring me over some Prim- 
rose Roots in a Box with Earth — ■ Salutations. 

Febr. 8* 172f . Writ to the Rev d Mr. Thomas Prince, 
inclosing a Forty-Shilling Bill of Credit, part of what I 
received of Mr. Dwight the night before ; 1 asking his 
acceptance a little to help him in his Expences these 
dear Times. 

Copy of a Certificat given Mr. Joseph Marion at his desire. 

These are to certify whom it may concern, that when 
I had the Favour to be Appointed Judge of Probat for 

i viz. £10-0-0 


the County of Suffolke, by the Hon b J fl William Tailer Esqr. 
Lieut. Governour, and Commander in Chief of this Prov- 
ince, with the Consent of the IIon ble Council, Mr. Joseph 
Marion was at the same time Appointed my Eegister. 
And during that Relation, he behaved himself very agree- 
ably, with Skillfullness, Industry, and Integrity. And 
after the said Marion ceased to be Register, he has fre- 
quently attended the Court of Probat as there might be 
Occasion, with sutable Demeanour, in Proving of Wills, 
pleading as an Attorny for Parties, writing for them, and 
forming their Accounts so as they might be received in 
the Court of Probat. Sam 1 : Sewall. 

Boston of the Massachusets Bay, 

February the Eleventh, 172f . 


Boston N. E. March 6, 172f. 

Rev. and Dear Sr., — These are to acquaint you that 
if I live to the 28 th of this Moneth I shall compleat the 
77' b year of my Age ; And yet I am still praying that 
God wou'd Mercifully rectify the disorders of my Back, 
strengthen my weak Hands, and confirm my feeble Knees. 
Let me have your Aid. 

It is with pleasure that I call to mind your agreeable 
Conversation in London ; in the Journey to Oxford ; our 
leaving the Doctor your Father at Maidenhead while you 
and I footed it along the meadow to Bray Church ; the 
kind reception Mr. Danson gave us at Abbington, and his 
conducting us after the Sabbath to Oxford, and shewing 
us Fryar Bacon's Study on the Bridge, which I observed 
was in that part of it that lay in Barkshire, and so I pre- 
sume without the jurisdiction of the University. 

It is high time for me with Thankfulness to acknowl- 
edge your pleasant and obliging conversation in London ; 
in Travelling to Oxford, and afterwards to Cambridge in 


a Coach that was to go and stay at our bidding; Our 
viewing Saffron Walden and the buildings which the Doc- 
tor apprehended wou'd have served well for a College; 
and afterw^ 5 at Deale and Dover. 

I have been favored with several of your treatises, 
whether sent by you, I am not certain. Am glad that 
you enjoy the benefit of Dr. Calamy's Assistence in your 
Studies. The British Nations are very much beholding to 
the Doctor for his vigorous defence of the Dissenters. I am 
particularly obliged for his enquiry into the circumstances 
of the Rev. Mr. Henry Cox, Pastor of the Church Assem- 
bling at Bishop-Stoke — Which I hum[b]ly thank Him for. 

I have nothing to present you with but a second edition 
of Phsenomena Apocalyptica (you have my love with it). 
It belongs to you in great propriety, because you Assisted 
me with Mr. Cowley's Latin Poems. 

I have one unhappiness befallen me, viz*, Dr. Cotton 
Mather's vehemently insisting on the Conflagration, so 
that he seems to think there is no general Calling or con- 
vertion of the Jews, Or that it is already past and gone. 
I desire patiently to wait till our blessed Lord Jesus Um- 
pire the Difference, Who is our righteous Advocate with 
the Father. Help me with your prayers that I may be 
in a readiness to go to him. 

The Eev. Mr. Solomon Stoddard of N. Hampton went 
well home the Eleventh of February last, with very fixed 
and comfortable Assurances. Capt. Ephraim Savage, a 
real Christian of the same Class and not quite two years 
younger than Mr. Stoddard, is yet living and was an Au- 
ditor at the Lecture to-day. The Rev. Mr. Samuel Mather 
of Windsor, a solid and orthodox Divine, is also got to 
Heaven. There was the greater intimacy between us 
because we boarded together at Fessenden's, where I 
have seen his Grand Father Mather bring a load of grain 
to pay for his Board. Only Mr. Taylor and I are left now 
alive, and he is quite superannuated. 


I thank you for the favourable mention you make of 
me in your Edition of your Father's Life. 

Desiring Prayers that to live unto me may be Christ, 
and to die gain, I take leave who am, Rev. Sr. your most 
Humble and Obedient serv* Samuel Sewall. 

To the Rev. Mr. Samuel Mather at Witney near Oxford. 


Boston March the 6*, 1728. 

Mr. Sam l Sewall and Loving Cousin, — I thank you 
for your kind and respectfull Sallutations in your wives 
letter, having formerly congratulated your own safe arri- 
vall, for which, I put up a bill of Thanksgiving in the old 
South meeting house (broken down and utterly demol- 
ished on Tuesday the 4 th Curr*). You will now give me 
leave to join with you in condolance for the Death of our 
very valuable friend M r Sam. Appleton. 'Tis the more 
pungent to me because it fell out in Leaden Hall Street, 
wherein I so often passed from my Lodging within All- 
gate. I visited your family this day and found them all 
well, and Maj r Vassalls children. My dear Sister, your 
Mother, is at Sudbury with Cousin Higginson ; they 
waited there for convenient Snow to Slay it to Salem, 
but the winter failed them. Poor Boston, that was a 
considerable prop of my declining Cottage, dyed the 13 
of feb r y last; 1 how vain a thing is it to trust in any Crea- 
ture, it being intirely due to our mercifull and all suffi- 
cient Creator. Your Cousin Cooper is safely delivered 
of a daughter, so that M r Cooper and his wife are the 
parents of three Sons, and a Daughter who is named 
Hannah ; may the Grace of God be the possession of us 
all that we may be the heirs of God and joynt heires of 
Christ. My Welsteed is yet living and has the joy of his 

1 See Sewall's Diary, III. 394, note 2. —Eds. 


sons being marryed to Capt. Hutchinsons eldest Daughter, 
but yet it can't rescue him from a decaying and languish- 
ing Condition. Which with mine and my wives kind 
love to you I rest your Loving and Obliged Uncle. 

To MS Sam 1 Sewall Merchant in London. 

To the Hon Ue Jonathan Belcher Esqr. 

March 8, 172f. 

Hon b ^ e Sir, — I send you p Mrs. Hambleton the small 
booke I spake of, praying the favour that it may be put 
into your Chest, and so deliverd to Mr. Sam! Storke. 
Praying God to prosper you in your Voyage, and return 
you safely, after you have to Satisfaction finished your 
momentous Affairs, I take leave who am Sir, your most 
humble and obedient Serv* S. S. 

I shall reserve the four Acres of Salt-Marsh at Milton, 
for your Kefusal, for Twelve Moneths. 


To Capt. Samuel Wright. 

March 10?, 172f. 

Sir, — These are to desire you to secure my Meadow at 
Kutland, by fencing it, and Let out the Grass to best ad- 
vantage ; and give me an Account of it. Wishing you 
Prosperity in your Affairs, I am, Sir, your friend, and 
humble Serv* Samuel Sewall. 


Venerable and Honourable Sir, — I received your 
kind favour of 8^ psent, and shall take pticular care of 



the Packet for Mr. Storke : I give you my humble and 
hearty thanks lor all your good Wishes, and pray God to 
return them double into your Own bosome. May he be 
the Staflfe and Comfort of your ad vane, years — and, as I 
firmly believe your hoary head will be found in the way 
of Righteousness, it shall in the End receive a Crown of 

Glory I remain with an Uncommon Respect and 


Sir, you[r] most faithf ull Humble Servant 

Jonathan Belcher. 

Boston, March 10, 172f . 

I am greatly obligd. for the offer of the four acres of 
Marish at Milton and pray it may not go from me. My 
time is short, and I cant finish the matter before Sailing, 
but please to say to Mr. Holman your price and I shall 
desire him to wait on you with the Money for a deed. 

J. B. 

The Hono h - e Samuel Sewall Esqr. 

Saild in Fones March 10, 172$ . 

[Addressed] To The Honourable Samuel Sewall Esqr. 
at his house In Boston. 

June 9 th . Have News of his Arrival in London in 28 
days. Laus Deo. 


Capt. John Keyes, — It seems the Inhabitants of your 
Town of Shrewsbury apprehend it necessary to lay out a 
Privat way ; especially for the Conveniency of Travel- 
ling to attend the publick Worship of God, which Way 
will run throug[h] part of my Farm there : 

These are therefore to desire you to appear on my be- 
half and to use your endeavours, that the said Way may 
be well laid out, so as may be for the benefit of the In- 
habitants, and least prejudicial to my Farm. I cast my 


self upon you, and hope accordingly, that you will do the 
best you can for me who am Sir, your friend and Serv* 

S. S. 

Boston, March 12, 172|. 

Sent «p him to the Revd. Mr. Job Cushing, Dr. Incr. 
Mather's Glory of Christ and Mr. Column's Funeral Ser- 
mon on the Revd. Mr. Solomon Stoddard. To himself, 
Mr. Gee on the Strait Gate. •• After Dinner here he went 
away intending to go to Concord to night. He told me 
Mr. Cushing married the daughter of Mr. Prentice of 
Lancaster, and has a promising Son by her. Memento, I 
encouraged Capt. Keyes that would allow towards the 
Barn Mr. Cushing is going to build. 


March 24, 172f . Writ to the Revd. Mr. Sam 1 Ma[rshal] 
of Falmouth inclosing the Letter to Mr. Nathan Bassett 
of the Vineyard, and desiring Mr. Marshal to deliver it to 
some safe hand. Inclosed him this day's Gazett. Sent 
it p Jabez Agomont. 

Ditto die. Writ to the Revd. Mr. Nathanael Gookin 
of Hampton, in answer to his kind Letter by his Son 
John. Sent him Mr. Mitchel of Glory, last weeks News- 
Letter, Opening the Century, and 2 or 3 other small 
Poems. Mentioned the earthquake. 


To Col. Samuel Browne at Salem. 

May 26, 1729. 

Honourable Sir, — Although my enfeebled Body and 
Mind have kept me back thus long, yet I do now in good 
Earnest condole the inexpressible Loss you have sustained 
in th[e] death of your very loving and lovely Daughter, 


Mrs. Abigail Browne, Who must needs be the more dear 
to you because she was your Darling, your Jemima, the 
Dawn of whose beauteous, vertuous and delightsom De- 
meanour always made Day. I my self am a great loser 
in your Loss, and by that means assisted in my sympathy 
with you. 

I humbly Thank your Honour for the Succession of 
Kindnesses wherewith you have been distinguishing me, 
and for the many bountiful Entertainments you have 
honoured me with at your House ; especially in the time 
of the Sessions of the Superiour Court. 

I pray God to keep House with, and enable you to say, 
It is good for me that I have in this manner been Afflicted. 
You can be no Loser by GOD, if you can be perswaded 
to make a full Submission, and an entire Kesignation of 
your all ; Sons, as well as Daughters, unto His Sovereign 
Disposal, who is Alsufficient. 

I am mouldering down apace ; let me have your Prayers, 
that when I walk thorow the Valley of the shadow of 
Death, I may fear no evil; and that Jesus Christ the 
Righteous may be my Advocat with the Father. I take 
leave, who am your Honour's most obliged humble Serv* 

Sam l Sewall. 

May God favour the Province with a good Election ! 
Inclos'd the small Vial of Tears from New-London. 

memoranda of letters. 

To Mr. Samuel Storke, June 2, 1729. Advising him of 
my Receipt of my Trunk and Invoice on Board £26-4-3. 
the Industry, William Shepardson Mr., who arriv'd April 
7, 1729 ; inclosed the Salem Election in the Gazette. 
Hamerden is much lookd for. Have had a very Wet, 
Cold May. Give due Salutation to Cousin Storke of 
Rumsey, and to your Lady and family, and as shall be 


convenient. Richard put the Letter on board Capt. 
Thorn 8 Lithered, who saild this day ; in who went Mad- 
am Hannah Phillips. 

Inclosd the Boston Gazette which has the Salem Election. 

June 12, 1729. Delivered to the Eevd. Mr. Ashbel 
Woodbridge of Glastenbury an Answer to his Father's 
Letter Letter [sic] of May 23. Mine was dated June 7*. 
Gave him for his Father Mitchel of heavenly Glory, for 
Madam Woodbridge Lee of the Triumph of Mercy, for her 
Son Theodor Faith and Fervency. 1 To Rev d Mr. Thomas 
Buckingham Mitchel, his wife (Mr. Foster's daughter) 
Lee's Triumph of Mercy, their Son Joseph — -To Mr. Ash- 
bal Woodbridge Mr. Mitchel and Faith and Fervency : 
Ad because he had neither lodgd nor dined here, I pre- 
vaild with him to receive 40 s to help bear his Charges 
home. To the Rev d Mr. Backus Mitchel of Glory, To 
Mrs. Eunice Edwards Lee's Triumph of Mercy. Mr. 
Backus waits on her to buy their Wedding Cloths and 
she fell sick of the Measles, and is so far recoverd as to 
be venturing homeward to day, and came to take Leave 
of me. 

To Mr. Joshua Moody of the Isle of Shoals Mitchel of 
the Glory of Heaven, Faith and Fervency in Prayer, Cal- 
vin on the small Prophets and Musculus on Matthew, to 
assist his Library, and to make it familiar to him to read 
Latin Authors. 

To Mr. Samuel Man for his honoured Mother Mrs. 
Esther Man, Widow, Mitchel of the Glory of Heaven. To 
himself Faith and Fervency in Prayer. To the Rev d Mr. 
Messenger, Dr. I. Mather's Mighty Saviour. He is re- 
cove [re] d from a very long and dangerous Sickness. 

To Cousin Rolf Mitchel of Glory, his wife Lee's Tri- 
umph of Mercy. 

i (< 

Father Higginson's Legacy &c." [in the margin]. — Eds. 


His Excellency sent Andrew to me with his Violin. I 
was refreshd by many of his Tunes; he plays well, yet 
his Tunes are too gaudy and Luscious, that the Tune doth 
not appear so plainly as it should. I was stricken with 
Horror at the Tune and Relation of the Murder of Glen- 
cove by Soldiers in their Quarters at Midnight in their 
Beds, who treated their Guests kindly. 

Sent Mad. Katharine Horn, newly arrivd from New- 
York, Lee's Triumph of Mercy having Mr. John Pinkny 
of Longstock in it, and wrapt it up in the Opening of the 
Century. Gave Andrew an Angel. 

To Mrs. Margaret Sewall, widow, at Salem. 

July 7, 1729. 

Dear Sister, — I purposed to write to you this day, to 
wish you Joy of the Marriage of your Son Mr. Mitchel 
Sewall, of whom, as I remember, I sometime wrote 

. " For Thirty Two years after Death 
" Mitchel in Sewall took new Breath." 

And now I can also wish you Joy of the safe Arrival of 
your Eldest Son this Day, just Sixty eight years after his 
first Arrival. And of all this I also wish my dear Cousin, 
Mrs. Margaret Higginson, widow, Joy, and Mr. Robie 
and his Family. The Mercy is the more enhanced be- 
cause it is so distinguishing. My old Friend and Col- 
league, Mr. Edward Taylor, is now dead, was buried the 
25. of June last, having diligently and Faithfully served 
the people of Westfield in the work of the Ministry 58 
years. May God be graciously pleased to prepare me to 



July 8. Writ to Major Gerrish to entertain Mrs. Jane 
Hirst now going to Newbury by Sea for health thereby 
and by your Air, Would not have her go any further 
Eastward. She is to be regulated by the determination 
of you and Capt. Rolf. Remember me to Sister Northend 
and thank her for her Letter. I can 


Boston N. E. July 23, 1729. 
Mr. Samuel Storke. 

Sir, — This waits on you to desire the favour of you to 
go to Mess r . s John Clark, and Richard Hett, Booksellers in 
London, and subscribe for Six Setts of Mr. Thomas Ridg- 
ley's body of Divinity for me. Let my name be printed 
with the Subscribers ; Please to make pay agreeable to 
the Proposals. And when the Books are published, let 
them be well bound, and sent by the first Opportunity ; 
which will oblige Sir, your loving Kinsman, and most 
humble Servt. Sam l Sewall. 

P. S. I received the Trunk of Books and Linens sent by 
Shepardson in good order and well conditiond, amounting 
to with the Charges £25-11-6. Besides the charges on 
Richard Bishop the Servt., which I have not time now to 

Idem S. S. 


Salem, July 26, 1729. 2 

Hon? Sir, — I am ashamed to acknowledge that it is 
now upwards of four weeks since T had your kind Letter 

1 " Copy. Writ with Mr. Hancock's own Hand " [in the margin]. — Eds. 

2 Copy. 


of Congratulation on my Marriage, with the noble pres- 
ent of twelve pounds inclosed ; for which I now Eeturn 
my Sincere and Hearty thanks. 

I hope the Hurry of a Court, which took up a fortnight 
of the time, and my extream Illness, which took great 
part of the Remainder, will in some measure excuse so 
long a Delay. 

I shall do my self the Honour to put it to some use that 
[shall] be a lasting Remembrance of your favour and 

We have this week had the pleasure of wellcoming 
Brother Sewall from England ; but my necessary attend- 
ance on the Court the whole week, has debarred me my 
proportion of his pleasant Conversation with the Rest of 
my Relations. 

My Mother is well, and presents her love and Service 
to you and my Aunt; Mr. Robie and my Sisters, their 

Intreating your Prayers for the presence and blessing 
of that God, in whom all the earth are blessed, on me and 
my Family, I conclude with mine and my Wives duty to 
your Honor and my Aunt 

Sir your Dutifull Nephew and most 

obedient Humble Serv 6 

Mitchel Sewall. 

To the Hon hl . e Sam 1 } Sewall Esq., In Boston. 


To Mr. Elisha Williams, Rector of Yale- College in Kcw- Haven. 

Aug*. 22, 1729. 

Honoured Sir, — Although it be much exploded by 
some, I resolved to write unto you once more concerning 
the New-Jerusalem, to be built here upon earth, before 
the last day of Judgment. Ezekiel concludes his Proph- 


esie with a graphical description of it, which appears to 
be a firm demonstration thereof. Chap. 40. — v. 2. In 
the Visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and 
led me unto a very high mountain, upon which was as the frame 
of a City on the South. 

This high mountain (as I humbly conceive) is Colum- 
bina, Where, over and above the huge Empires of Mexico 
and Peru, there innumerable Royalties of Sachems and 
Squaw-Sachems throughout this incomparably great, and 
long-extended Continent. In this City, every [thing] 
amiss is to be thorowly Eeformed. Mention is made of 
the Sons of Zadoc three times over ; They must officiat, 
they went not astray. Ch. 43. 7—8, setting their thresh- 
old by my thresholds, v. 11. If they be ashamed — 
But it is convenient to read over the whole. 'Tis plain 
that this city is the same spoken of Rev. 21, and Rev. 22. 
There is but one New- Jerusalem. And the accurat dis- 
tribution of the Land to the Twelve Tribes shews that 
tis on Earth the city is to be builded ; and not in 
Heaven. That the door is shut on the working days, 
and opened on the Sabbath foretells Gospel- Wor- 
ship ; our Meeting-houses are shut upon the Working- 
days, and opened upon the Sabbath, Fast-days, and 
Lecture-days. I lately read in course the 8 th of Zech. 

v. 23. Ten men shall take hold out of all languages of 

the Nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a 
Jew, saying, We will go ivith you ; for ive have heard that God 
is with you. I can't tell how to think that this wonderfull 
Prophesie has been already fullfilled. Bed hcec haclenus. 

Am glad to see you have so large and fair a Harvest to 
Reap next September, exhibited in the publick Theses ; 
Felix faustumque sit. The 6'? of the Logical Theses is 
Idece qua? separatee existere non possunt, vice separatee concipi 

I have seen seperat in English sometimes ; but I do not 
remember that it has ventur'd into Latin before now. 

VOL. II. — 18 


The Dictionary of Thomas Holyoke D. D. is accounted 
the most consummat. He saith nothing For seperalce ; 
but much against it. This was printed Anno 1677. I 
find the word used by Ovid oftentimes, In his Metamor- 
phoses, lib. 3. lin. 448. 

Quoq\u]e magis doleam, nee nos mare separat i?igens, 
Nee via, nee montes, nee clausis mcenia portis I 

Exigua prohibemur aqua 

Antverpice, M. D. LIII. 
Amsterodami, Anno CIO IOC XIX 

Tristium, Lib. 1. El. 10 vol XL tin. 28. 

Quaq\_u~]e per angustas vectce male Virginis undas 
Seston Abydena sejmrat urbe /return. 
Lipsice, 1596. 
Amsterodami, CIO IOC XIX 

The three Books that I have in nsum Delphini were 
printed at London very lately : So that all I have seen, 
Ancient and Modern, at home, and beyond-sea, conspire 
in printing sep&rat. It is safe and most comly to follow 
these great Authorities. 

I have inclosed the Character of the Eev d Mr. Taylor 
drawn up by Mr. Cooper. He and I were Chamber fel- 
lows and Bed-fellows in Harvard-College Two years : He 
being admitted into the College, drew me thither. I have 
heard him preach a Sermon at the Old South upon short 
warning which as the phrase in England is, might have 
been preached at Paul's Cross. Dr. Robie was a Worthy 
Fellow of Harvard College. Took his first Degree in 
1708. I hope to see you once again, and then I may 
have an opportunity to speak of Books. Hoping that the 
Tenth of Sept? may prove a good Day to you, I take 
leave, who am 

Rev* Sir, your very much obliged, most humble and 
obedient Servant Samuel Sewall. 

Give due Salutations. 


Sent these by Mary Hambleton to Elder Liman's for 
conveyance, the 5 th of Sept? in the morning. 


Salem, Aug* 29, 1729. Mr. Thomas Kobie his Bearers, 
Rev d Mr. Samuel Fisk 


Hon d Sir, — These are to congratulat your Hon? and 
this Province upon your Eeturning again to be their 
Lieut. Gov r and Commander in chief. As the Time is 
dark and difficult, so I hope GOD will graciously renew 
your Strength, and anoint you with fresh Oyl, whereby 
you may be enabled prudently and successfully to man- 
age the very weighty Affairs of the Government, once 
more devolved upon you by Divine Providence, which 
cannot err, and will not fail those who Trust therein. I 
Thank God who has Reserved you against this juncture 
of our Distress. And earnestly praying that the God of 
Peace, and Truth, and Love, may make your last days in 
this kind to be your best days, I take Leave, who am your 
Honor's most humble and most obedient Serv* 

Samuel Sewall. 

Boston, Septemb*' the eleventh, 1729. 
To the Honourable William Dummer Esqr. Lieut- Gov ernour and 
Commander in Chief In and over His Maj s . Province of the Mas- 
sachusets Bay in New-England. 1 

1 The Letter-Book, properly speaking, ends here. The Judge died Jan. 1, 
1730. All that follows, after an interval of three blank pages, relates to the 
settlement of his estate, and was transcribed possibly by his son Samuel 
Sewall, Jr., one of his administrators. — Eds. 



A Coppy of a Letter to Samuel Dummer Esqr. 

Boston, Feb:y 234, 17ff. 

Sir, — We find that you are indebted to the Estate of 
Our Hon d Father Samuel Sewall Esqr. Deceased, p your 
Bonds Dated March 6 th , 1726, for Fifty pounds each with 
lawfull interest. The Estate being in Debt and we being 
necessitated to pay them, Do pray you forthwith to pay 
us, having Occasion for it as abovesaid ; pray fail not of 
complying with our desires and you will Oblige your 

Humble Servants 

Samuel Sewall in behalf of himself 
and the other Administrators. 

A Coppy of a Letter to Mr. George Everden of Milton. 

Feb :y 234, 17ff 

Sir, — We find that you are indebted to the Estate of 
our Hon d Father Samuel Sewall Esqr. Deceased, <p your 
Bond Dated April 4 th 1712, for Twenty two pounds two 
shillings and four pence, with lawfull use of which you 
have paid 25 s . We pray you forthwith to pay us, having 
great Occasion for the Money. Pray fail not of complying 
with our desires herein and you will Oblige your humble 
Servants. Samuel Sewall in behalf of himself 

and the other Administrators. 

A Coppy of a Letter to Mr. Samuel Pain of Braintrey. 


Sir, — We find that you are indebted to the Estate of 

our Hon'd Father Samuel Sewall Esqr. Deceased, <p your 

Bond, for Five pounds One shilling and Three pence. We 

pray you forthwith to pay us, having Occasion for the 


Money ; pray fail not of complying with our desires herein 
and you will Oblige your Humble Servants 

Samuel Sewall in behalf of himself 
and the other Administrators. 

A Coppy of a Letter to Mr. John Sawyer of Lancaster. 

Feby 23, 17ff 

Sir, — We find that you are indebted by Bond to the 
Estate of Our Hon d Father Samuel Sewall Esqr. Deceased, 
Dated March 15 th 172f , for One Hundred pounds, of which 
you have paid Fifty one pounds Ten Shillings. We pray 
you forthwith to pay us, having Occasion for the Money. 
Pray fail not of complying with our desires herein and 
you will Oblidge your Humble Serv* 3 

Samuel Sewall in behalf of himself 
and the other Administrators. 

Mr. Caleb Trowbridge 8 Bond for £50-0-0 to be paid 
April 6 1 ? 1728. Sent him a Letter of the same Date with 
the above Letters and of the same import. Paid and 
Gave up the Bond. 

A Copy of a Letter to William Copland of Braintrey. 

Boston, March 26* 1730. 

Sir, — We find that you are indebted to the Estate of 
our Hon'? Father Samuel Sewall Esqr. Deceased, p your 
Bond Dated June 20 th , 1709, for Fourteen pounds four 
shillings and eight pence, Of which sum Received of your 
Son in part the sum of Four pounds and Ten shillings on 
the Eleventh of July 1720. We pray you forthwith to 
pay us, having great Occasion for the Money. Pray fail 
not of complying with our desires herein and you will 
oblige your humble Servants. 

Samuel Sewall in behalf of himself 
and the other Administrators. 


A Copy of a Letter to Mr. John Fisher of Dedham. 

Boston, March 27 l .\ 1730. 

Sir, — We find that you are indebted to the Estate of 
Our Hon'? Father Samuel Sewall Esqr. Deceased, <p your 
Bond Dated October 2 d 1727, for One Hundred Pounds 
with Lawfull interest. And upon the Bond there is no 
Interest paid and now it is going on the Third year. The 
Estate being in Debt and we being necessitated to pay 
them, Do pray you forthwith to pay us both Principal 
and Interest, having Occasion for it as above said. Pray 
fail not of complying with our desires and you will Oblige, 
your Humble Servants 

Samuel Sewall in behalf of the 
other Administrators. 

A Copy of a Letter to Mr. Enoch Hunt of Weymouth. 

Boston, March 27 4 * 1 , 1730. 

Sir, — We find that you are indebted to the Estate of 
our Hon d Father Samuel Sewall Esqr. Deceased, p your 
Bond dated April 29 th 1727, for Thirty five pounds with 
Lawfull Interest. And upon the Bond there is no interest 
paid and now it is almost Three years. The Estate being 
in Debt and we being necessitated to pay them, Do pray 
you forthwith to pay us both Principal and Interest hav- 
ing Occasion for it as abovesd. Pray fail not of comply- 
ing with our desires and you will Oblige 
Your Humble Servants 

Samuel Sewall in behalf of the 
other Administrators. 

A Copy of a Letter to Mr W' n Rider of Sherbourn. 

Boston, May 6'. h , 1730. 

Sir, — In answer to your kind and friendly Letter of 
the first Instant, These are to inform you with the other 


two apprizers that it is our desire that all the Buildings 
on each Farm should be prized with the Farm on which 
they stand, Mr. Adam 8 with his and Kibbee 8 with his. 
That is so much for House and Barn and not put the sums 
together. Lett the several Pieces be mentioned particu- 
larly with their value that you apprize them at. My 
service to Mr. Baker and Lady with Mr. Death and Mr. 

I am in great Hast your Servant 

S. Sewall. 


A Copy of a, Letter to Mr. John Sawyer of Lancaster. 

May 14* 1730. 

Sir, — We find that you are indebted to the Estate of 
our Hon? Father S.S. Esqr., p your Bond for £100, of 
which you have paid £51-10-0. I did on Feby 23 d last 
past write to you, but have received nothing from you, 
not so much as an Excuse or whether you received the 
Letter or no. We pray you forthwith to pay us both 
Principal and Interest, we having great Occasion for it to 
pay where we Ow. Pray fail not of complying with our 
Desires herein and suffer us not to write again and you 
will oblidge 

your Humble Servants 

Samuel Sewall in Behalf &c. 

A Copy to Mr. William Copland of Braintry. 

Boston, June 16 th , 1730. 

Sir, — I writt to you a few Lines on March 26 fc ? Last 
past, Since which I have received no answer. I having 
your Fathers Bond before me for £14-4-8, Do find in- 
dorsed upon it, viz. July 11 th , 1720, Received of W m Cop- 
land the Son £4-10-0, in part of this Bond, Samuel 


We pray you forthwith to pay us, having great Occa- 
sion for it. Pray fail not of complying with our desires 
herein and you will oblige us. And then we shall put 
you to no farther trouble; otherwise you must expect to 
hear farther from us. We would desire to hear from you 
by the first Oportunity. If you are afraid of the small 
Pox I will meet with you at the George and discourse 
with you and hope may there Cancel your Bond. 

Samuel Sewall in behalf of the 
other Administrators. 

A Copy of a Letter to Mr. Nicholas Phillips of Weymouth, He 
being Bound for Mr. Enoch Hunt of said Town. 

June 16 th , 1730. 

Sir, — I writt to Mr. Enoch Hunt a few Lines on 
March 27 th , 1730, viz. We find that you are indebted to the 
Estate of our Hon' d Father Samuel Sewall Esqr. Deceased, 
p your Bond, Dated April 29 th 1727, for £35-0-0 with 
Lawf ull Interest. And upon the Bond their is no Interest 
paid and now it is almost Three years. To which we have 
received no answer. Now the Estate being in debt and we 
being called upon to pay them, Finding you are Bound 
with him for the aforesaid Sum, Do pray you to see that 
he pay us both Principal and Interest, we having great 
Occasion for it as abovesaid. Pray fail not of complying 
with our Desires and you will oblige us. If you are afraid 
of the small Pox I will meet with you at the George and 
discourse w T ith you and hope may there Cancel your Bond 
and so you and we shall have no farther trouble. 

Samuel Sewall in behalf of the 
other Admin*! 8 . 

A Copy of a Letter to Mr Samuel Dummer at Woburn. 

Boston, July 7 4 .\ 1730. 
Sir, — I received yours of the 19* of March last past, 
wherein you write me that when you come to Town you 


will pay the Interest. But as yet you neglect to come 
and do it. Now these are in a friendly manner come to 
desire that you will be pleased forthwith to discharge the 
Interest, W e having great Occasion to pay it where we as 
Administrators are indebted. And if you would procure 
the Principal before the Fall (at which time from your 
Letter we expe # ct it) we shall reckon our selv[es] obliged 
to you. We do not doubt but that you may take it up 
of some Gentleman and so take up your Bonds. 

Wishing you Success and Prosperity in all your Affaires, 
I remain your Loving Couzen and humble Servant 

Samuel Sewall. 


A Copy of a Letter to Joseph Gerrish Esqr. at Newbury. 

Boston, Aug* 8*. h , 1730. 

Dear Cousen, — There is some Land remains at New- 
bury of my Hon d Father 3 . Now we, the Administrators 
upon his Estate, would desire you and Couzen Rolf to 
gett three apprizers, as the Law directs, and lett them be 
sworn before a Justice to the faithfull apprizal of the 
aforesaid Land. Ram Island is accounted by the Deed to 
be Twenty acres of upland and meadow. Also the Two 
other Pieces of Woodland and Pasture or any other piece 
that you know dos belong to his Estate, To put down in 
a Piece of Paper the sum each piece is apprized at, with 1 
the Names of the apprizers at the Bottom signed by them. 
Lett them be men that have understanding in Penny 
Cook Farm, which is 500 Acres, for we would have them 
apprize that also. As for the Charge and Cost of the 
Apprizal, Give me word what it is and I will see them 
paid and satisfied for Expences and trouble. The Gentle- 
men who are to apprize the Lands at Boston will speedily 
do it. And then they will want the Lands, to Divide with 
them. I would desire you to gett it done as soon as con- 


veniently you can. Remember us to all Relations. I am 
your Loving Cousen and Servant S Sewall. 

A Coppy of a Letter to Samuel D-ummer Esqr. at Woburn. 

Boston, September 18* h , 1730. 

Sir, — When I saw you at my Brother Sewall 8 last I 
was in hopes you would pay me at least the use of your 
Bonds. The Debts that are due from my Hon? Fathers 
Estate oblige us that are the Administrators to call in the 
Debts due to the Estate in Order to pay the sums de- 
manded. Now in your Letter you have given me great 
hopes of receiving the Principal in the fall. These are 
therefore to desire you to pay it as soon as possible, we 
having great occasion for it ; and it will be a great damage 
to us if you do not speedily discharge your Bonds. I 
would not write to you with that earnestness but that the 
Demands upon the Estate are so pressing. I am your 
Loving Kinsman and humble servant S S. 


A Coppy of a Letter to Mr John Sawyer at Lancaster. 

Boston, September lS th , 1730. 

Sir, — I have writt you two Letters one Feb:y 23? 17f-§ 
and the other May 14 th , 1730. But as yet I have received 
no answer either by word or writing, which I wonder at. 
Now these come to acquaint you that you are to the Es- 
tate of our Hon? Father Samuel Sewall Esqr., «p your 
Bond, indebted £100.0.0, of which you have paid £51.10.0. 
I pray you forthwith to come or send the Principal and 
Interest. Pray be pleas[ed] to comply with the Desire 
and suffer me not to write any more and so put you to 
further trouble, 

I am your Neglected Servant S. Sewall, Admin?" 


A Coppy of a Letter to Mr John Fisher of Dedham. 

Boston, September 18*, 1730. 

Sir, — When I was with you at the George Tavern 
April 15*? last past, you did then promise me to pay the 
Principal of your Bond, which is a hundred pounds, when 
your Year was up. Now I take you to be a very honest 
and just man to your Word and therefore have depended 
upon the money at the time, which will shortly be heer. 
For your year will be up the second of October next. I 
desire you not to fail of it but to pay it and thereby you 
will much oblige me and prevent further trouble. 

I am yours to serve S. Sewall. 

One of the Admin^ 8 . 

A Coppy of a Letter to Mr. Seath Dwight. 

Boston, Sep? 19th, 1730. 
Sir, — These are to acquaint you that the Debts de- 
manded of the Admin to are so pressing and I am often 
Dunned for them. All of which puts me upon writing 
to all those that are indebted to the Estate. It is now 
above a qr. of a year since I received any thing. I have 
thought I should have seen you long before this time and 
that you would have come and Ballanc^ your account. I 
would desire you forthwith to come and do it, and not 
occasion further charges and trouble to your self. In so 
doing you will oblige me your servant. 

Samuel Sewall. 

samuel sewall [jr.] to david haines. 

A Coppy of a Letter to Capt. David Haines at /Sudbury. 

September 25 f . h , 1730. 

Sir, — These come to desire you to be as speedy with 
the Apprizement of the Shrewsbury and Ruttland Farms 
and that you Divide Shrewsbury Farm into Three and 
Ruttland into Two Divisions. That so the Gentlemen of 


Boston that are to sett it off to us may know the value of 
each Farm. When you have with the other Gentlemen 
accomplished the Apprizal, I should be glad to wait on 
you at the House (which was my Hon d Fathers) at Boston, 
to which my Family will be moved too. We reckon there 
is now no danger of coming to Boston for almost every 
Body that removed out of Boston are returning again. 
The Gentlemen of Boston wait for your Apprizement and 
cannot proceed any further untill they have it. 

I am Sir your obliged Servant S. Sewall. 

A Coppy to Capt. David Haines at Sudbury. 

Boston, October 14* 1730. 
Sir, — Mr. Nahum Ward brought me last Night the 
apprizment of Ruttland and Shrusebery Lands. I thank 
you for your care and industry in the management of it. 
Capt. Wright, Dining with me at Boston this Day, ac- 
quaints me that the East and South Lines of Ruttland 
farm wants to be Run, That the Town having Lands 
bordering upon the Farm may know their Bounds and 
have them Settled. Now Sir, as my Hon'? Father de- 
pended upon you, so now do his Children, that you see 
that the Bound marks be settled according to the Plan 
and his right there made Plain, Trusting to your speedy 
Care in the Premises. If you come down or send one 
that will give a receipt, I will pay the Charge having 
now not so much Cash by me. And then I would have 
you add what other charges you are at. Send the Plan 
as soon as you can. I am your Obliged Serv fc 

S. Sewall. 


A Copy of a Letter to Mr. Henry Farwell of Dunstable. 

June 20*, 1731. 

Sir, — I have heard nothing from Mr. Sawyer since 
Octob r 2 d , 1730. Then he paid me £3-0-0. I told him 


that would not satisfy for the use that was then due. 
Now my Brethren are very uneasy that the Debts are 
not in so that the Administration may be finished, for 
it is now near a year and half since my Hon d Father's 
Death. Now you are Bound with him for the Money, and 
so it stands you in stead to see it paid. We are Loath 
to Sue him, but had rather be paid without. We reckon 
it hard that we do not see nor hear from him. If we do 
not see him quickly, we shall be forced to take another 
method with him though it is against our Inclination. 
When I paid you a Ten shilling Rate for your Minister, 
you told me that my Hon' d Father had a right of 150 
acres at Dunstable. Now we would desire you to see 
after it for us, and if it is not yet laid out, to gett a 
surveyor and see it done for us. And we will satisfy 
for all charges and trouble. I would desire a Line or 
two from you by the first opportunity. Let it be laid 
out so that it may be a good spott of Land, with suit- 
able meadow to it, that it may be worth something when 
it is clone. I spoke once to Col. Tyng about it; he told 
me it was not as yet laid out. Now if you give my ser- 
vice to him he will no doubt assist you in performing it 
for us. I am your Serv* S. Sewall. 

A Copy of a Letter to Mr. SeatJi Divight of Dedham. 

June 20 th , 1731. 

Sir, — These come once more to desire and intreat you 
to come to Boston and make up the account that belongs 
to my Hon'd Fathers Estate, and to pay the Ballance. 
My Brethren had rather that you would do it without 
putting them to sue you to an account. I have waited 
upon you untill my patience is spent and can wait no 
longer. But if you do not come and finish it you may 
expect that we will take another course with you. The 
28 th of this Month there is half a years Rent due to me. 


But I would have the Old account belonging to the Es- 
tate settled and Ballanced first. We have your account 
that you have sent in, and, if that is allowed, you still 
ow considerable. Hoping to see you shortly and that 
with a resolution to finish it, I remain your Serv* 

S. Sewall. 

A Copy of a Letter to Mr. John Fisher of Deadham. 

December 7 f . h , 1731. 

Sir, — I have seen you in Boston Streets oftentimes, 
and at my own House you have there given me many 
promises of coming and paying your Bond that is due to 
my Hon'd Father 8 Estate Deceased, But as yet you fail 
of doing it ; which obliges me to write at this time. I 
have forboorn you at your Desire several times and now, 
seeing no probability of being paid but by entring into a 
Course of Law, Must, though altogether against my in- 
clination, Do it this January Court. We must make up 
Account with the Judge of Probates, and we cannot with- 
out those that are indebted to the Estate will pay us. 

I am your Neglected Serv* 

S. Sewall One of the Admin*?. 

A Copy of a Letter to Mr. Henry Fancell of Dunstable. 

Dec b : r 7 th , 1731. 

Sir, — I am informed by Mr. Willard that Mr. Sawyer 
is Dead. I simpathize with his Wife &c. Now it stands 
you in stead to see Judge Sewalls Heirs Paid, you being 
bound for him. My Brethren the Admin trs with my self 
are very desireous that the Administration Accounts 
should be settled with the Judge of Probates, it being 
now almost two years since my Hon d Fathers Death. 
Now it is desired that you will come and see the Bond 
Satisfied and the Principal with the Interest paid. When 
you was at my House, you demanded Ten shillings as 


due to your Minister for One Hundred and Fifty Acres 
of Land, which belonged to the Estate of my Hon d Father 
Deceased at Dunstable. Since that I have heard nothing 
from you. I would desire you when you come to Boston 
to come to my House and inform me fully of that matter. 
I would not have you fail of seeing about the payment of 
the Bond, and that in a short time, for the accounts must 
be speedily made up with the Judge. Hoping to see or 
hear from you in a short time and not put us and your 
self to farther trouble I am your Serv* 

S. S. One of the Admin r . 8 . 


A Copy of a Letter to Mad'? Cotton and Her Son, Mr. Thomas 
Cotton, at Mr. Rich' 1 Cromwells, Attorney at Law in Bartletts 
Buildings, Holb- London. 

Boston, December 21?', 1731. 

We received your favours <p Capt. Crocker of Sept. 
• 16 th - on Nov br 8 th - of Dr. Colman with the account and your 
Desires of an account from us. Now we herewith send 
you the account as drawn out of our Hon' d Fathers Book. 
The Ballance of which account is in your favour £368-5-8. 
We writt to Mr. Samuel Storke last January to Inform 
you that Judge Sewalls Admin trs were ready to make up 
account with any person whom you should appoint and 
authorise. Now we are ready to pay what is due to the 
Estate of Dame Bridgett Usher Deceased, so far as our 
Hon d Father and Mr. Welsteed transacted as her Exec r . s . 
And we have by a Letter to Mr. Storke, Merchant, of the 
same Date, Ordered him to pay you what remains Due to 
my Hon'd. Fathers Estate to Ballance that account, which 
we do suppose will be better then 40 lb Sterling. Which 
will answer part of your Account. The remainder of 
which we are ready to pay when we have proper Orders. 
There are 4 Bonds which yet remain in our hands. The 


Principal amounts to £205-5-4, which we are ready to 
Deliver to the Person that you shall Order and appoint. 
And we hope that you will Order some body here to trans- 
act this affair for you and give us an Acquittance. We 
sent the Letter to your Son by a Carefull hand, and shall 
pay him what you desire as soon as we have an answer. 
We are Mad 1 ! 1 and Sir your most humble Servants. 

Samuel Sewall in the Name 
of the Three Admin^ 8 



To the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Towji of Boston in Town 
Meeting Assembled, the 10^ day of May, anno Dom; 1732. 

The Petition of Samuel Sewall Esqr. Joseph Sewall and 
William Cooper, Clerks, all of Boston aforesaid, Admin:" 
of the Estate of the late Hon: ble Samuel Sewall Esqr. of 
Boston aforesaid Deceased, in behalf of themselves and 
the rest of the Children and heirs of the said Samuel 
Sewall Esqr. Deceased 
Humbly Sheweth 
That whereas your Petitioners said Late Father in his 
Life time, by Deed bearing Date Nov br 6 th , 1721, made 
and Executed by him to Joseph Wadsworth Esqr. then 
(and now) Treasurer of said Town, for the use of the 
Free S[c]hool Situate at the upper End of Pond Street, 
at the South End of Boston aforesaid, did subject and 
charge part of his real Estate Viz. Ten Rods Front of his 
Pasture called Elm-Pasture, at the Lower End of the 
Common in said Town, with the Payment of One certain 
Annuity or Yearly Rent of £5-4-0 Current Money of 
New England or Province Bills for the use of the said 
School forever. 1 And whereas all the Children and heires 

1 See ante, 134, note — Eds. 


of the said Samuel Sewall Esqr. Dec'd are desirous to 
have a Division of the said Pasture to and among them 
that so they may appropriate to each One his and their 
respective parts thereof in Severalty. But in as much as 
a Division thereof would be attended with some incon- 
veniences by reason of the aforesaid Annuity, they there- 
fore have hitherto deferred doing any thing therein, and 
do now propose to the Town that, in case they can ob- 
tain a Eelease of the said Annuity or Rent Charge so as 
intirely to free the said Pasture therefrom, they will pay 
down to the Town Treasurer for the use of the said School 
such a reasonable sum as the same annuity may be thought 
to be worth, which being Lett out at Interest or Vested 
in some good Real Estate the Petitioners conceive will be 
of greater Benefit and advantage to the said school, and 
if it be vested in a Real Estate, the same in all Proba- 
bility will grow in value and come to be much more prof- 
itable to the said school, which the Petitioners are truely 
desirous to Promote. Whereas the Present annuity is 
fixed and certain as to its Value and cannot increase and 
grow better. 

The Petitioners therefore Pray that some meet Person 
or Persons may be appointed [and] impowered to treat 
with the Petitioners touching the Premissess, and if they 
are agreed upon a Certain sum as the Value of the said 
Annuity or Rent Charge, to make and Execute, in due 
form of Law, some proper Instrument whereby to Re- 
lease and discharge the said Pasture from the aforesaid 


Samuel Sewall. 

Joseph Sewall. 

William Coopek. 

A true Coppy of Petition given into the Town as above. 

VCL. II. — 19 


A Coppy of a Vote of the Town of Boston, May \T h , 1732. 

At a meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly Qualified, being Regularly 
Assembled in a Publick Town Meeting, Wednesday May 
10 th , And continued by Adjournment to May 17 th , 1732. 

In Answer to the Petition of the Heirs of the Hon b ! e 
Samuel Sewall Esqr. Deceased. 

Voted That Joseph Wadsworth Esqr., Treasurer for the 
Town of Boston, or the Treasurer for the Time being, Be 
impowered and Directed to Execute a Deed of Release of 
the Towns Right to an Annuity of Five pounds and four 
shillings Charged on a certain Pasture in Boston called 
Elm Pasture To the Heirs of the Late Hon ble Samuel 
Sewall Esqr. Deceased, upon their paying the sum of One 
Hundred Pounds in Province Bills or Currant Money. 
Which sum is hereby appropriated and sett apart forever 
to be Lett to Interest by the said Treasurer for the use 
and Benifitt of the School, situate at the upper End of 
Pond Street at the south End of the Town of Boston, for 
which End the said Annuity was given by the said Hon b ! e 
Samuel Sewall Esqr. 

A true Copy of the Original. 

Attest Sam l Checkly T. Clerk. 


A Copy of a Letter to Mr. Henry Fancell of Dunstable. 

Boston, June 13<.\ 1732. 

Sir, — When you was at my House in December last 
past, 1 then had some discourse with you about the Land 
at Dunstable which falls to the Heirs of the Hon b ! c Samuel 
Sewall Esqr. Deceased. I then did deliver to you a Plan 
with several other writings, for you to view, which you 


promised me to return safely again. And that you would 
serch into it and do what you could for us. Since that 
time I have not heard from you nor seen you. Now I 
should be glad to see you when you come to Town, or 
by a Line or two to hear what you have done in that 
affair. I do suppose that my Hon d Father was not an 
Original Proprietor of Dunstable Lands, but that he comes 
to be so in the Room of another, I believe your Town 
Records will soon inform you. I would desire you not 
to neglect or put off this Affair but pursue it to the ut- 
termost and I will see you paid for your trouble. I am 
your Serv* Samuel Sewall. 

A Coppy of a Letter to Mr. Henry Farwell of Dunstable. 

Boston, June 13«\ 1733. 

Sir, — I writt you of December 7 th , 1731. After I had 
heard of Mr. Sawyers Death I writt also June 13?, 1732, 
which Letters I would desire you to peruse. Now I hear 
nothing of Mr. Sawyers Heirs but that they have sold the 
Land which they bought of My Hon'd Father. We are 
apt to think that, being they have sold it, they would by 
the sale be rendred capable of paying what is due upon 
the Bond, which you are Bound for and ingaged to see 
satisfied. It is high time that the Money both use and 
Principal was paid and the Bond Cancelled. I am sorry 
that they are so negligent, and will thereby force Judge 
Se walls Admin 1 ? to deal with them, by putting the Bond 
in suit against them if speedy payment is not made. 

As to the Land that I spoke and writt to you of, I per- 
ceive my Father paid every year to your Minister. And 
I am verily perswaded that the 150 Acres which you told 
me was ours is known very well by several in Dunstable, 
if they did not hide it from us by reason of some persons 
taking of it in and in joying of it. I am your Servant 

S. Sewall. 


A Coppy of a Letter to MadPi Cotton and Mr. Cotton. 

Boston, May 11 th , 1734. 

We Received yours of the 16*? of September <p Capt. 
Crocker. Received Nov v . ,r 8 th , 1731. We also return'd 
an Answer Dec b . r 21% 1731. To which Letter we referr 
you. Since which we have paid you by the Hand of Mr. 
Sam! Storke, Merchant in London, On the 17 th of March, 
1732/3, £49-8-9 Sterling Money, for which we have your 
Receipt. We have also paid to Mr. Leonard Cotton a 
Guinea, according to your Desire, and took his Receipt 
and shall place it to your Account. Now our Desire as 
Admin" are still the same. That you would be pleased 
for your own Interest and those that are indebted to you 
by Bond or Account, to Authorize and appoint some suit- 
able person to receive the Bonds of us and to receive 
what may still be due from us and to give us proper dis- 
charges. To use your own Expression in your Letter to 
us. We suppose it may be a little surprizing to you as 
well as to the Rev'? Mr. Colman that you have heard noth- 
ing from us. Dr. Colman is very desirous to pay what he 
owes and so is Mr. Gibson and are very uneasy that the 
affair is so long delaied. We are Thankfull for your good 
thoughts of us as to [your] being in our hands. We think 
it will be very much [to the] satisfaction of both parties 
to see the whole Affair [amicably] finished and settled. 

Samuel Sewall in the 
Name and behalf of the Admin". 

Sent <p Capt. Crocker. 



In the Library of the Massachusetts Historical Society, with the Boston 
News-Letter, after March 4, 1717, is the following broadside: — 

M- M- S- 

Eximij Pietate, Eruditione, Prudentia' VIRI 

Apud Bostonienfes Americanos Prcedicatoris vere Evangelici. 



IC jacet ereptus medijs, proh fata ! trophseis, 

Numinis et patrias, quae pariebat amor, 
Boftinidum Pragco, gregis et Moderator alumni, 

Deliciae, columen, lumen et omne Decus. 
Ex quo ferre novos terra hsec Dignata colonos, 
Et placido profugos alma fovere i'inu; 
Non tulit ingenio, pietate, laboribus, ullum 

Moribus, eloquio, et vix habitura parem. 
Fulmine quo reprobos detorfit tramite Isevo, 

Monftravitque fequi, qua' via dextra vocat ! 
Qua' gravitate feros mifcentis et Omnia vulgi 

Compof uit Motus, conf dioque fori ! 
Quo genio valuit nafcentis nomina Gentis 

Angligenum Doctis inferuiffe choris ! 
Hie faxum primus fecuit, decurrere lymphas 

Juffit, et irriguis arida lavit aquis ; 
Suftulit has humiles cafas, Magnalia Chrifti 

Reddere vel Toilers, hofpite Digna Deo. 
Corpus at impatiens animi, qui cuncta premebat, 

Deficit, et cinis eft, qui fuit ignis heri. 
Ergo tuae gentis valeas Dux optitne, Magni 

Quicquid et in patria', cum patria'que vale. 
Sic eat ! id nunquam memori de pectore nomen 

Excidet, aut lacrymas comprimet ulla dies. 
Aft animis populi, velut inscribe're Sepulchro, 

Corda vel in tumulum inferet ille tuum. 1 

Pofuit Jo. Charmion in liter as 
Literatofque offectu percitus. 

1 The words "Corda vel" and "inferet" have been underscored thus: Corda vel and 
inferet, since the sheet was printed. — Eds. 2 


The following translation is given on another broadside which is contained 
in the collections oi' the Society: — 

John Charmion's Latin Epitaph from his ardent Love to Learning and Learned 
Men, on Mr. PEMBERTON, who dyed at Bofton, the l$th of February, 
1710, 7. in (he ±bth Year of his Age, translated into English. 

Sacred to the Lading Memory of the Reverend, 

A Man of extraordinary Piety, Learning, Prudence, 
and truly Evangelical Preacher in Boston, New-England. 




ERE lies, Death's Mournful and Untimely prey 

Amidft the Glorious Trophies Snacht away, 

Which Heavens Indulgence and his Countries praife 

Did here below to his juft Merit raife, 

Boston's great Teacher, Guardian and Guide, 

Our Darling, Light, Defence and all our Pride. 

Since firft this Land beftow'd a fafe retreat, 

And kindly cherifli'd with its genial heat 

Our Fathers, Driven from their Ancient Seat, 

It ne'r was grac'd with more renown'd a Son, 

Nor fcarce fhall boaft in Ages yet to Run 

Such Learning, Piety, fuch wondrous Toil, 

And Eloquence, the product of its Soil. 

How did he Thunder ! with what terrour force 

The harden'd Sons of Vice to change their courl 

And ftung their guilty Minds with keen remorfe ! 

With what grave conduct did he Moderate 

The wild Diftractions of the giddy State! 

How wifely, Calm the Minds, Allay the heat 

Both of the Little Vulgar, and the Great! 

With what Ambition did his Thoughts afpire, 

Nor was his Power unequal to his fire, 

Amongst Great Britain's Learned Quires to Place 

The groveling Names fprung from this New-born Race! 

He cut. the Rock and taught the Streams to flow, 

And bid them water the tcorch'd Fields below. 

Thefe humble Cottages, and Darkfome Cells 

He rais'd to Temples, where th' Almighty Dwells. 

But now no Longer able to obey 

The Soul's too vigorous and too active Sway 

The Body finks, and that which lately burn'd 

With Lambent flames, is to pale Afhes turn'd. 

Farewell thy Country's furest guide, and all \ 
That in it Grtat miftaken Mortals call, > 

Farewell thy Country too, for both together fall. ' 
Let fates roll on! Time never fhall Deface 
Thy Dear remembrance, nor our Tears Supprefs; 
Thy Name ingraven on our Hearts we'll wear, 
Or bury them ainongft thy Afhes here. 



In the Introduction to Volume I. of Sewall's Diary, and on page 384 
of the same volume, the editors have inserted various extracts from Sam- 
uel Sewall, Jr.'s, "Memorandum Book." The following notes are taken 
from the same source, aud with what have been printed in the Diary 
constitute nearly all the memoranda recorded by the judge's son. The 
omissions are believed to be unimportant, as they relate chiefly to matters 
which are referred to in a slightly different form by his father. The 
book also contains copies of a great many letters, all or the greater part 
of which seem to be concerned chiefly with business transactions, which 
the editors have thought best not to print. 

My Barn was raised by Mr. Marean July 19th, 1704. 

October 19, 1704. I sent my Boy John to Col. Paiges 
for the favour of Sheep which he promised me, and on 
the Twentieth Instant the Col. Sent his Negro Man with 
20 Sheep. I gave them Three Shillings to bare there 
charges home with my Duty and Thanks &c. Hired 6 
more of Symon Gates, Dec. 5, 1704. 

Samuel Thayer, son of of Brantery, his father 

being Dead, his mother putt him to live with me. Came 
to my House June 14, 1706. About 11 and 12 years Old 
to live with me till Twenty one years old ; have him upon 
tryal to gett him a wevers Trade. Aug. 14, 1706. Sam ls 
Mother came and took him away. Gave with him a shirt 
pr. of stockings and shoes. 

Aunt Short d. 18 Dec. 1706. 

December 17, 1707. Mr. Solomon Phypps dyed. In- 
terred the 22 Instant. 

January 6, 170|. Madam Dudley gave my son Samuel 
a Crown of King Williams Quoin coind in the year 1695. 

March 26, 1709, dyed the wife of Mr. B. Green, printer. 
The paul Bearers, Mr. Philips, Mr. Buttolph, Ed. Oakes, 


Eneas Salter, N. Boon and myself, had given Rings and 
Gloves. About 42 years. 

January 12, 1709-10. Margaret Gates, the daughter 
of my Tenant, widdow Gates, was married at her Brother 
Sparhawks by Justice Bond of Watertown, unto James 
How, the eldest son of Justice How of Marlborough. Feb. 
8*. Went with the Bride and bridesgroom to their Hab- 
itation at Marlborough; came home the 11 Instant. 

March 22, 170 T V My wife and I went to the fast at 
the New Church in Roxbury. At which Mr. Belchar of 
Dedham Prayed. Mr. Hobart preached from Psal. 89-7, 
former part. After Sermon Mr. Danforth of Dorchester 
Prayed. Then sung Psalm and Mr. Hobart gave the 

Mrs. Oliver, the widdow of Doctor Oliver Buried March 
31, 1710. 

My Neighbor Mrs. Sarah Aspinwal died April 1, 1710. I 
being a bearer had given me a pr. of Wash leather Gloves. 

Mrs. Gates dyed April 13, [1710?], interred 15 instant. 
Mrs. Phips dyed April 22, interred 24 instant, 39 years 
old. I was a bearer, had given us gloves and rings, 
about 11-. 

June 1, 1710. Sent W. Ilsley and Torn for a Hive of 
Bees and they Brought them in the Night. Given by 
Madam Dudley to Wife. 

July 31, 1710. Gave to my Daughter Hannah A 
Guinia Given to me p Mother Sewall. Superscription 
Carolus ~ Dei Gratia Britannia Fran. Et Hib. Rex 1679. 

April 22, 1711. Dyed couz. Hannah Gerrish, betwixt 
Two and Three. Buried in Grandfather Hulls tomb. 

July 30, 1711. Five a Clock in the Morning the fleet 
sett sale from Boston, Admiral Walker giving the Signall 
for Sayling, under the Command of His Excellency Gen- 
erall Hill, With his Forces from Great Britain and our 
Two Regiments, being bound in an Expedition to Canada. 
By order of Queen Ann. 


December 23 d , 1711. Daughter Mary had a Convulsion 
Fitt and continued to have them till Tuesday Noon fol- 
lowing being 25 th Instant, In which time she had 14 Fitts. 

January 29, [1711-12]. Daughter Mary had a fitt 
about Sundown and continued to have them till Thirsday 
afternoon following being 31 of January, In which time 
she had 22 fitts. 

Feb. 1, 17||. Putt Daughter Mary to Neighbour 
Gleason for to suckle her. Suckled her a month. 

March 2, [1711-12], had 4 fitts. April 4th, Four fitts 
at Nurse Pikes. April 16, brought her from Nurse Pikes 
after been there a month and April 17 th had 2 fitts. 

November 20% 1712. Thanksgiving Day. Gave to 
Thomas Hutchins and Sarah Cummins each of them a 
Good New Bible, Desiring them to read and Hope God 
will give them hearts to Practise. 

Wednesday Novemb r 26 th , 1712. I and my Wife went 
to the Ordination of Mr. Thayer at Roxbury Village. Mr. 
Danforth of Dorchester gave the Charge. Mr. Bridge of 
Boston, Mr. Thatcher of Milton. Mr. Danforth aforesaid 
and Mr. Walter laid on Hands. Mr. Walter gave the 
right hand of Fellowship. Dind at Capt. Bridges. Preachd 
from Jer. 1. 6. 

October 13, 1713. Mr. Brewer called me to goe to the 
Ordination at Charlstown. Mr. Joseph Stevens Dr. C. 
Mather went to Prayer. Mr. Stevens Preachd from Daniel 
12. 3. And thay that be wise shall shine as the bright- 
ness of the firmament, and they that turn many to Right- 
eousness, as the Starres for ever and Ever. Dr. Incre 
Mather Dr. C. Mother Mr. Brattle Mr. Barnard of An- 
dover and Mr. Bradstreet laid on Hands. Dr. I. Mather 
gave the Charge. Dr. C. Mather gave the Right Hand 
of Fellowship. Dind at Capt. Nath! Dowses. 

Wednesday, October 28, 1713. I was desired to be a 
Bearer to Lt. Gardners Son Thomas, which married to 
Mr. Willises daughter of Medford alias Mystick. The 


bearers ware John Sever, W m Sharp, John Winchestf jun r , 
Eb. Craft, John Ackers and myself. Given wash-leather 

Nov. 17 th 1713. Dyed neighb r Allices wife. Dyed 
Buried 19 th . Novemb r 20 t . h . Dyed Nurse Davis. Buried 
at Cambridge. 

March 4 th , 1713-14. Went to Woburn to attend the 
Funeral of Aunt Ting, being his Second wife. Dyed on 
the Sabbath Day Morning of Feavour. Waited upon the 
Gov 1 and Lady there. Had given me a pr. of Gloves. 
She was about Sixty Nine Years. 

March 10th, 1713-14. Went to the funeral of Brof 
Dudleys Daughter Lucy, (being their ownly child) with 
my wife. Gave no Gloves. A great Burial. About 3 
years and 5 months. 

March 18 th , 1713-14. Mr. John Walley sent I and wife 
Gloves upon his Marriage with Mrs. Bethiah Aires. 

October 20 th , 1714. Went to Boston where was Or- 
dained for the New North the Revd. Mr. John Webb. He 
Preached from John 4 th . 35, That part, He was a Burn- 
ing and a shining Light. Dr. C. Mather Prayed first then 
the Old Dr. Read the Covenant which the Church upon 
their Gathering Entred into, and gave him his Charge, 
and Dr. C. Mather the Right hand of Fellowship. The 
Two Drs. and Mr. Bridge with Mr. Pemberton laid on 
Hands, A Great concourse of People being Auditors. 

Nov br 3, 1714. Went to Newtown to the Ordination of 
Mr. John Cotton Son to Mr. Rowland Cotton. The Ordi- 
nation was carried on Viz. By Mr. John Cottons Praying. 
Dr. C. Mather Preached 1 Cron. 29. 3, First part of the 
verse. Dr. C. Mather gave him his Charge. Mr. Thatcher 
of Milton, Mr. Daniorth of Dorchester with Mr. R. Cotton 
lay on Hands. Mr. Thatcher gave him the Right Hand 
of Fellowship. Sung 23 Psalm. Mr. J. Cotton Gave the 
Blessing. A great many Ministers with abundance of 
People. Dined at Mr. Hobarts House. 


January 20% [1714-15]. In the Morning Couz, Greens 
Son John Born ; Baptized p Mr. Pemberton 23 Instant. 

Feby 6, 1714-15. Mr. Pemberton Baptized Capt. Nath 1 
Olivers son Page. For Col. Pages sake his wives Unkle. 

Feb. 6, 1714-15. Towards Night Dyed the Rev d Mr. 
Rawson of Mendon, of whom Dr. C. Mather has a Printed 

Feby 10, 1714-15. Dyed Good old Mr. Joseph Griggs 
being above 90 years Old. 

17 th . Dyed Mr. Griffin of Eoxbury. 

March 19 th , 1714-15. Dyed The Worthy Secretary 
Isaac Addington Esqr., about Noon. Having Several 
fainting Fitts. Buried in Gov r Leveretts Tomb, the 27^ 
Instant, there being a considerable attendance. 20 
Counsellors. Being much Lamented. 

1716, July 18 th . About 11 at Night, Dyed Mr. Thomas 
Sewall at Cambridge having lain languishing at his Unkles 
about 3 months. Buried 20 th Inst. Last March was 23 
years Old. 

1716-17, January 6. Sister Hannah Sewall was ad- 
mitted a Member in the South Church. 

1716-17, Feb. 5 th . Mrs. Denison of Eoxbury Dies. 
About 91 years old. 

1717, October 6 th . Couz. Mrs. Ann Holman Dies. 
1717, Novem b . r 22. Dies Col. Nich. Paige at Eumney- 


1717, Decem br 30. Unkle Tappin Dies at Newbury. 
1717-18, Feb? 1. Mr. John Winchester Dies. 

March 22, 1717-18. Mr. Denison of Eoxbury Dies. 
Buried 26 th Inst. 

1718, April 26th. Dyed Couz. John Higginson jun r , at 
Salem. Couz. Margarett Sewall 8 Husband. 

August 17 th , 1718. The Rev'd Mr. Allen, causing the 
Brethren of Brooklin Church to tarry after blessing was 
given, Acquainted them of my being dismissed by the 
Eev'd Mr. N. Walter, when he dismissed the other Mem- 


bers who did joyn together into a Church state, and that 
I did now offer my self to be one in the foundation of this 
Church ; which the Brethren being willing for he gave me 
the Covenant to sighn, which I very readily did. 

Nov br 5 th , 1718. The Revd. Mr. James Allen Ordained 
at Brooklin. Mr. Wadsworth Prayes. Mr. Allen Preaches 
from Math. 24. 45, 46, 47. Mr. Colman Prayes. Dr. C. 
Mather gives the Charge, Mr. Shepard the Plight hand 
of Fellowship. Mr. Allen appoints the Psalm to be sung 
and gives the blessing. 

Nov br 30. Brooklin Contributed to make Provision for 
Communion Table in the fore part of the Day. 

Contributed £8-3-2. 

Dec br 7 th ". Brooklin Ch. Chose 2 Deacons, viz. Deacon 
Thorn 8 Gardner and Benj n White junr. 

21 s . fc . Mrs. Allen admitted into Brooklin Church. 

28 th . Mr. Allen Administers the sacrament to Brooklin 
Ch. the first time. To have it once in 6 weeks. A Pri- 
vate Meeting to be carried on at several of the Ch. Mem- 
bers Houses the Friday before the sacrament. 

May l s . fc , 1710. Private Meeting at my House carried 
on by. Mr. N. Walter Pray'd. Mr. Allen Preachd and 
Prayed. Present, Govr. Dudley and Lady, Mr. N. Walter 
and wife, with several of Brooklin Church. 

May 7 th -. Took Hannah with me to Boston to live at 
Mrs. Kings. 

August 31, [1719]. Father came up with me towards 
Night and lodges at my House, the first time of Lodging 
in it. In the morning wait upon [him] to Clarks spring 
and he drinks of it very heartily, as he did the evening 
before. Towards Night he returns again. 

January 18, 1719-20. Went to Boston to Aunt Willards 

February 15 th , 1719-20. Capt. Stephen Williams of 
Eoxbury Dies. 18 th , Buried, The red Troop being Mus- 
tered, a great Funeral. 


1720, April 2d. Gov r Dudley Dies, betwixt Twelve 
and One, Afternoon, after long languishment. Born Sep- 
tember 23d, 1647, 26th Baptized. 8th April, Govr. Dud- 
ley Buried, See Sermon Preached <p Mr. Colman with 
Character. [See Se wall's Diary, III. 249.] 

[1720], June 4 th . Went to the Rev'd Mr. Jeremiah 
Shepards funeral at Lynn. Gave me a pr. of Gloves. 
Above 41 years a Minister in that place. 

1720, Nov:br 7 th . Capt. Gore Dies of the Small pox at 
Spectacle Island. 

December 27 th , 1720. Mad m Dudley gave me for Her 
Grandson Henry Sewall A Silver Cann and a Pepper Box. 
To be preserved and laid by for him. 

February 7 th , 17|f . A little after Day my Son Henry 
had a convulsion Fitt. One a clock afternoon, another. 
One in the Morning the Next Day, He had a third. Sent 
for Dr. Clark. He came up with Nurse Pyke. 

18 th . Henry about Noon had a fitt. 

20 th . A little before Noon had a fitt. About an hour 
after, a short One. In the Afternoon, 4 fitts which ren- 
dred him very week. 21 [st] about sun rise, another. April 
19 th , one, and 30 th , another. 

March 10th, 1720-21. Col. W? Dudley Marries to 
Judge Davenports, Esqr., Eldest Daughter. Had given 
me Gloves and Cake. Mr. Colman Marries them. 

1721, May 29th. Sister Cooper came to live at our 
House for fear of the small Pox, with her Maid, Susannah 

July 4 th , [1721]. F. Sewall brought Sister Hannah in 
the Coach with Mrs. Lydia Key Which was to our great 
joy and wonderment, She being so lame. I went back 
with Her home to see Her safe in the House again. 

July 6 th . Madm. Foxcroft Interred at Cambridge. The 
Gen! Assembly setting there, A great many of them at 
the Funeral. See her Character in her sons Sermon. 
Gave wife and I Gloves. 


1721, July 10th, about 11 a Clock at Night Dies Couz. 
Henry Sewall, of the small Pox, at his Master Wendalls. 
Buried in the Night privately. 

1721, November 2d. Mr. Joseph Gardner 8 Wife Dies 
of the Small Pox; 3 d , Ten or Eleven at Night Buries his 
Wife, 9 men and one woman there besides the Family. 
2 setts of bearers, 4 carry at a time. Gave Gloves. A 
very sorrowfull sight as ever I beheld. 

Nov: br 17th. The Revd. Mr. Stevens Dies of the Small 
Pox. Being [at] College with the Rev d Mr. Bradstreet 
of Charlstown. 

1721, Nov: br 18th. Sister Coopers Maid, Susanah 
Thayer, carried away from our House in a Coach, Sick of 
the small pocks. 30th., She dies of the Small Pox at 

Nov: br 30th. W m Hutchinson, Esq r Dies at Cambridge 
of the small Pox. See his Character in Newes Letter. 

December 11th. John White Esq r , Dies of the small 
Pox, having been Inoculated. See his Character in Newes 

December 20th. Mrs. Weld of Roxbury, (Mr. J. Whites 
sister) Dies of the Small pox, having been Inoculated for 
it ; being Ens. Edmund Weld 3 Wife. 

Mr. James Pierpont of Roxbury Dies of the small Pox. 

December 21st. Joseph Gardners son Joseph Dies of 
the small pox at Brooklin. 

January 12th, 1721-22. Capt. Tuttel Buried yester- 
day ; a considerable company of People. 

January 23 d . The Revd. Minister of Medford Dies; 
Mr. Porter, which married unkle Sewall Daughter. 

September 14, 1722 [1721]. Mrs. Webb, (Maiden 
Name Bromfield,) dies of the small Pox. 

April 15 th , 1722. Town of Boston Order Couzen Sam- 
uel Sewall and Family to goe with them to the Pest house 
on Spectacle island, They having been Inoculated for the 
Small Pox a Friday before. 


[1722], April 22. Mr. Samuel Demming Dies of the 
small pox, He having lived in Roxbury several months 
to avoid [it], But going to Boston catches it. 

July 4 th , 1722. Mr. Joshua Lamb, The onely Son of 
Col. Lamb, fell Down a Commencement Day. He trying 
to goe to his studdy window on the ledge of Stoughton 
Colledge, of the fore side of it slipt his hold and fell down 
upon his Back ; and after great pain with a great deal of 
skill and art used by the Physicians, both of Body and 
Soul, He dyed July 15% about one a Clock in the After- 
noon. Being Born July 14 th , 1703. 

July 17th. Mr. Joshua Lamb Buried; a great number 
of People ; schollars walking before the Herse. Mr. N. 
Walter Prayed ; Gave God thanks for the good grounds 
of hopes of his future good estate. 

July 17th. Judge Dudley 8 House Raised. 

July 19th. Dr. C. Mather, at Boston Lecture, Preach [ed] 
from James 4. 13, 14. Spoke considerable of him. See 
the sermon Printed. 

August 13th. Ens. Ebenezer Craft Dies, after some 
time of Languishing illness, Lamented by all that knew 
him. Buried the 14th, company being in Arms. 

August 20th, 1722. Mr. Coney, the Goldsmith, Dies. 
See Mr. Foxcrofts sermon &c. 

Sept: br 4 th . Brother Francis Wainwright Dies after long 
languishment. He died at his Brother 8 , Col. Adam Win- 
throp, Being sick there about 3 weeks. Buried from Col. 
Winthrops. Was interred in Mr. Addington: 3 Tomb. Sis- 
ter Wainwright did not follow his Corps, but staid at 

Friday, Sep:br 21st, 1722. Dyed at Roxbury in the 
House that was Col. Lambs, Madm. Rebeckah Dudley. 
Buried 26th. Paul Bearers, Govf Shute, F. Sewall, Col. 
Townsend, Ed. Bromfield Esq rs , Col. Fitch, Col. Adam 
Winthrop. Rings and Gloves, with Escutcheons. See 
Newes Letter, N. 974. 


Octobr 24 tli, 1722. Mr. Wigglesworth installed Divinity 
Professor at Cambridge. 

Nov:br 16th. Major Bowles Wife of Roxbury Dies; 
19th Buried : Maiden Name Checkley. 2 d . Dr. Clark 3 wife Dies, alias Hutchinson. 

January 9 th , 17|f . Mr. Benj D White Dies. Buried the 
12 th at Brooklin. 

January 24 th , 17|f. Took the Oath of a Justice &c 
before Pen Townsend and Paul Dudley Esqr 8 Counsellors 
for the Province. 17ff . 

Feby 24 th , 17|f. An Extraordinary High Tyde. See 
News Letters. Num br 996 &c. 

May 25 th , 1723. Mad m Bridget Usher Dies at 2 in the 
Afternoon at Boston. Buried the 30^. Her Funeral was 
attended by the Chief of the Town. Paal Bearers, of her 
own Naming were Lt. Gov r Dummer, F. Sewall, Col. 
Townsend, Ed. Bromfield Esq 1 :, and Simeon Stoddard 
Esq r , with Col. Quincey. They bore up the paal to Mr. 
John Elliotts, formerly Deacon Elliotts, and then they 
put it into the Coach, and the most of the people returned 
back. My Father, judge Quincy, Justice Welsteed, Couz. 
Jonathan Sewall and Couz. Sam: 1 Hirst ; Also went in the 
Coaches, Mad m Brown, Townsend, Mather (Dr. widdow) 
Bellingham, Mrs. Viffuen. I also accompanied a Horse- 
back. Interred at Bran try with Dr. Hoar, her first Hus- 
band. Eat at judge Quincys and then we return* home. 
Gave my Wife and I gloves. 

August 23d. Dr. Increase Mather Dies. I went to his 
Funeral. Mr. Foxcroft Preach the Lecture from 2 Cron. 
24* 15 th . See news Letter N. 1022. Two Funeral Ser- 
mons, and his Life. [See Sewall's Diary, III. 326.] 

October 21st. The JRev'd Mr. Gibbs of Watertown Dies 
about 10 in the morning. 24th, Buried by His Wife. 

January 19, 1723-24. Col. Jonathan Tyng Dies. See 
News Letter, N. 1043. Interred the 24th, at Wooburn. I 
went with Two Brother Dudley 8 ; a large Funeral. Gave 
me and wife Gloves. 


April 17th. Mr. Thomas Stedmans Wife Buried in 
Brooklin Burial place. 

1724, April 28th. Dies Mr. Josiah Winchester jun r . 
Buried May 1st, a great many people. Die[s] suddenly 
and much Lamented. 

May 3d, 1724. President Leverett Dies early in the 
morning, very suddenly, when he was in bed, to his wives 
great surprise. Buried at Cambridge on the 6th ; His 
corps being carried into the Colledge Hall, where Mr. 
Welsteed made a Lattin Oration. Mr. Appleton [and] 
Mr. Wadsworth Preach Next Sabbath, Mr. Colman Sab- 
bath after, at Cambridge. They gave him a great 

June 9th, 1724. Early in the morning Dies my very 
usefull Neighbour, Mrs. Clark. Buried the 10th ; a great 
many People. 

August 11% 1724. Brother Sewall chose President of 
Harvard Colledge by the Corporation. Aug. 26^. Con- 
firmed his choise by the Overseers of the Colledge. They 
chose a Committee to acquaint him with it and to desire 
his acceptance of it viz. Col. Byfield, Col. Adam Winthrop 
and Mr. Wadsworth. Brother gave them a denyal which 
they would not take up with when reported to the Over- 
seers. But added Two more, Mr. John Danforth and Mr. 
Benj n Colman. September 30 fc . h . The Old South Ch. had 
a Meeting which was a very full one. The Committee, 
each of them, made a speech to the Church and then with- 
drew. Afterwards the Church proceeded to a vote and all 
except Brother Gerrish voted his continuance with them. 
After He gave his full answer. Some time after the Cor- 
poration choose Mr. Colman and the Overseers confirm 
him. Gave his refusal. 

September 12th, 1724. Betimes in the morning Dyed 
Mrs. Clark [alias Brown), the wife of Samuel Clark jun r , 
in Child Birth, she being not delivered. Buried next day 
after meeting, being very Hot weather. 

vol. ii. —20 


September 20th. Gov 1 " Saltonstall Dies at N. London, 
very suddenly. See News Letter and the Revd. Mr. 
Adams 8 Sermon upon it. 

October and part of Novembr, 1724, Make a Damm to 
stop the salt water out of my Round Marish. 

January 1$ 17§f Father Give to my Wife £5-0-0. 
To me £5-0-0. To Henry £1-10-0. In consideration of 
what my sister Hannah gave to the rest of her Relations. 

January 10th. The Rev' d Mr. Thomas Walter Dies; 
Interred the 14th. See Dr. Mather's Funeral sermon. 

June 10th, 1725. The Revd. Mr. Benj n Wadsworth 
Confirmed President by the Overseers of Harvard College, 
who before was chosen by the corporation. Overseers 
Committee, Col. Otis, Col. Brown, Capt. Thomas Hutchin- 
son and Danl. Oliver Esq 1 " 8 , Ministers the Revd. Mr. John 
Danforth, Mr. Sewall and Mr. Cooper. 16 th . The Old 
[First] Church mett and voted him leave to goe. 17 f . h . 
Gave his consent. 

June 21st, 1725. Dyed at Newbury, (called Newtown,) 
Couz. Jacob Tappin of a Fever, and his Two sons a little 

June 30th. Died the Rev' d Mr. Joseph Capen, Minister 
of Topsfield. 

October 17th, 1725. Died at Salem, my Hond. Unkle, 
Stephen Sewall Esq r . See News Letter N. 1134, 1135, 
where see his Character and Funeral. 

Col. W m Dudley' 8 wife Delivered of a Daughter May 
28th, 1726. Baptized 29th, Rebeckah. 

December 26th, 1726. Madam Willoughby Dies, after 
long languishment ; Her maiden Name Walley. Her 
first Husband Chauncey, by whom she has left Three sons 
and one Daughter. Buried 30 th ; Her Pall Bearers, D. 
Oliver Esq r , Dr. Williams, Old Mr. Parsons, Mr. Jacob 
Wendal, Mr. Jefferies jun r . and Samuel Sewall jun r . Gave 
Rings and Gloves. JEtatis 51. 

March 19, 1726-7-. Four of my Couzens, viz. Mrs, 


Elizabeth, Hannah and Jane Hirst 8 , Mrs. Ann Pierce, with 
Mrs. Mary Chauncy, were admitted Members of the Old 
South Church, «p Bro. Sewall. 

August 21st, 1727. Col. Penn Townsend Esq r Dies 
In the 76 year of his Age. See character in Weekly News 
Letter Nomber 35, with Mr. Foxcroft 8 sermon. 

September 6th, 1727. Capt. Samuel Aspinwall Drowned. 
See Journal, Number 25. September 9th went to Brook- 
lin to his Funeral. Bearers, Mr. Josiah Winchester, Dea- 
con Mayo, Mr. Eraz. Drew, Capt. Caleb Gardner, Mr. Edy 
of Boston, with myself. Gave us Gloves. The company 
of Brooklin in arms. Mr. Allen made a fine Prayer. A 
great company from Roxbury &c. 

September 11th, 1727. Dies the Rev d Mr. William 
Waldron, In the Thirty first year of His Age. See Mr. 
Cooper's Epistle with sermons upon his Death. 

October 29% about half an hour after ten at Night was 
a great shock of an Earthquake. See Newspapers, Ser- 
mons, &c. 

December 18th, 1727. Betimes in the morning, Dies 
at Milton, the Rev' d Mr. Peter Thatcher. My Hon d Father 
Goes in the Hackney Coach to his Funeral, 22d, and takes 
with him Brother Sewall, Prince and Cooper. See his Char- 
acter in journal Number 40, and Dr. Mathers sermon. 

December 3i 8fc . About noon, Col. Foxcroft Dies at 
Cambridge. See Mr. Appleton's Sermon. 

January 8th, 1727-8. Couz. Samuel Sewall 8 wives two 
sons by her first Husband, Howel, being a seating upon 
the Ice at the Bottom of the Common, betwixt Eleven 
and Twelve, fell into a hole and were both Drown'd. 
11th, Buried, a very large Funeral, with abundance 
of Boys walking regularly, And a great concourse of 
Spectators. See Copy of verses in Journal. 


Notes in Samuel Sevvall, Jr.'s, letters to his cousin Samuel Storke in 

1730, June 16. Mentions cousin Dummer as arrived 
here, will try to get him a place, he understands farming 

1731, June 18. Mentions Richard Bishop, a boy sent 
over here, who is not inclined to work and wishes to go 

1731, Dec. 21 st . Directs payments to Mrs. Bridget 
Usher's heirs in London, viz. Mr. Thomas Cotton or his 
mother Mrs. Bridget Cotton. He is at Mr. Richard Crom- 
well's, attorney at law in Bartlett's buildings, Holb [nl , 

The following notes from S. S., Jr.'s, "Memorandum Book" are not 
arranged in chronological order. 

Mother Sewall Born February 14 th , 165$. 

Memorandum. My Great Grand Father Robert Hull, 
Aged 73 Years, Deceased July 28 th , 1666. Taken off of 
the Grave Stone f p my Father Sam 1 Sewall. In the New 
Burying place next to the Common. 

Unkle Henry Short Dies at Newbury, October 23 d , 1706. 

Feb'y. 6 th , 17$ f Unkle W m Moodey at Newbury Falls, 
Dies. 11 th , Interred. 

173$. Aunt Sewall, Unkle Sewall 3 Widdow of Salem, 
Died at her Sons Maj: r Sewall 3 of Boston, after sometime 
being ill of a Fever, Jan:y 20% about One Afternoon. 

Sep* 16 th , 1661. Training Day. Majf General Ather- 
ton after he had been heer, Going Home his Horse threw 
him. He was taken up speechless ; so continued until 
one of the Clock (I take it to be the morning after Train- 
ing Day) in the morning and Died. 

Sept. 20^. Maj r Gen! Humphrey Atherton 8 Corps was 
attended to the Grave from Boston to Dorchester with 
Ten Companies of Foot Soldiers and One Troop of Horse. 


Memorandum taken out of Grand Father Hull 8 Pockett 

Aug* 8 th , 1661. King Charles 2 d Proclaimed at Boston. 

Aug* 10* 1661. Mr. Christopher Batt Buried, who 
was the Eighth Shott accidentally by his own Son, who 
was Shooting at a mark in his Orchard. 

Aug* 4 th , 1661. Samuel Hull Baptized. Aug? 15 th , 

March, 1666. My Wife Judith Hull Taken ill of Small 

Warwick, April 5 th , 1689. St. Mary 8 Chappel, Rich* 
Beucamps Statue in Brass very lively veins and Nailes of 8 
Hands, died 1439. Rob* Dudley in Alablaster. Spe certa 
resurgendi in Christo hie situs est &c. Obijt Sep* 4 th , 1588. 
Earl of Leicester. 

This memorandum taken out of writing in Book of 
Almanacks p me, Samuel Sewall, Aug* 16% 1737. 

Extract from Hon d Samuel Sewall Esq!" writing, viz. 

Mr. Elias Corlett was admitted into Lincoln Colledge, 
1626, the year after the Great Plague. [See Sewall's 
Diary, I. 168, n.] 

An account of Gov? Dudley' 8 Childrens Births. 

1. Thomas Dudley, Born Feb? 26 th , 1669-70. 

2. Edward, Born Sep* 4 th , 1671. 

3. Joseph, Born Nov b : r 8 th , 1673. 

4. Paul, Born Sep*, 1675. 

5. Samuel, Born Sep:*, 1677. 

6. John, Born Feb y 8 th , 1678-9. 

7. Rebeckah, Born May 15 th , 1681. 

8. Catharine, Dead Jan: y 2 d , 1682-3. 

9. Ann, Born Aug* 27 th , 1684. 

10. William, Octob:* 20?, Born 1686. 

11. Daniel, Born Feb: y 4 th , 1688-89. 

12. Catherine, Jan: y 5 th , Born 1689-90. 

13. Mary, Born Nov: br 2% 1692. 

Taken and Given me out of Gov: r Dudley 8 Private Rec- 

l\ h 


ord, By Judge Dudley' 8 Wife. Transcribed into this Book 
December 7 th , 1737. 

1737. An Account collected of Persons Deaths Buried 
in Grandfather Hull 8 Tomb <p Samuel Sewall, his Grand- 
son, Nov: br 9 th , 1737. 

October 1 st , 1683. John Hull Esq: r Interred in a 
Tomb Built for Him on Friday Octob: r 5 th , JEtatis 59. 
April 2 d , 1677, John Sewall Born. 

Sept., 1678. John Sewall Dies. His Coffin taken 
up and Put in Tomb. 

Dec: br 22 d , 1685. Henry Sewall Dies. Born 
Dec: br 7 th , 1685. 

July 26 th , 1687. Stephen Sewall Dies. Born 
Jan: y 30 th , 1686-7. 

Aug:* 10 fc . h , 1690. Mr. Daniel Quincey the Speaker 
of Kepresentatives Father, Dies at Boston. 

Sept. 21 st , 1690. Judith Sewall Dies. Born 
Aug:* 13 th , 1690. 

Sep* 13% 1693. Jane Sewall Dies. Born Aug* 
7 th , 1693. 

June 22 d , 1695. M rs Judith Hull Dies in Her 
69 year. 

Dec: br - 23 d , 1696. Sarah Sewall Dies. Born Nov* 
21 8 *, 1694. 

May 21 st , 1696. A Still Born Son. 

July 4 th , 1697. The Kev d My Joshua Moody, Min- 
ister of Boston Dies, there Interred. 

Dec br 11 th , 1703. Hull Sewall Dies at Brooklin. 
Born at Roxbury, July 19 th , 1703. 

Sep* 12 th , 1707. The Rev' d Mr. Sam: 1 Willard Dies. 
Afterwards taken up and put into Church 8 Tomb. 

Dec: br 18 th , 1708. Samuel Sewall Dies at Brook- 
lin. Born there Nov: br 18 th , 1707. 

Nov* 17% 1710. Mary Gerrish Dies. Born 
Octob: r 28 th , 1691. 

April 22 d , 1711. Hannah Gerrish Dies. Born 
Nov: br 9 th , 1710. 


Aug* 24 th , 1712. Mary Sewall Dies at Brooklin. ) lfi 
Born July 20 th , 1711. J 

April 6% 1713. William Hirst Dies. Son of V ^ 
Grove and Eliz: Hirst 9 Months old. J 

March 13 th , 1714-15. Dies W m Hirst the second) lg 
of the Name. Born Aug! 5 th , 1714 [?]. J 

July 11 th , 1716. Eliz: Hirst, Wife of Grove Hirst) 1Q 
Esq^, Dies. Born Dec: br 29 th , 1681. J 

Octo br 19 th , 1717. Hannah Sewall Dies, wife of 1 2Q 
Hon: ble Judge Sewall. Born February 14 th , 1657. i 

Octob r 28 th , 1717. Grove Hirst Esq r Dies. \ 21. 

Aug* 19 th , 1719. Died Joseph Sewall, Son of Jo- ) ™ 
seph and Elis: beth Sewall. Born July 13 th , 1719. j 

Octob: r 21 s . fc , 1719. Hannah Sewall Dies at Brook- ) 23 
fin. Born Octob r 25 th , 1709. j ' 

May 26 th , 1720. Abigael Sewall, Second wife of) 24 
Judge Sewall, Dies. j 

Aug* 16 th , 1724. Hannah Sewall Dies. Born ) ^ 
Feb: y 3 d , 1679-80. J ' 

Aug* 18 th , 1724. John Sewall Dies at Brooklin. ) 26 
Born April 9 th , 1723. j 

Sept 1 : 15 th , 1724. Mehittabel Cooper Dies. Born ) ^ 
June 28 th , 1723. J 

Jan: y 4 th , 1 1726-7. Samuel Hirst, ownly son of ^ 
Grove Hirst, Died very suddenly. Born October > 28. 
23 d , 1705. See Sermons. ) 

May 9*?, 1728. Ann Pierce Dies at Boston, JEetatis ) ^ 
24. I 

June 6 th , 1729. Hannah Cooper Dies. Born ) oq 
Feb: y 2 d , 1728-9. J 

Jan: y 1 st , 1729-30. The Hon b ! e Judge Sewall Dies. \ 31 
Born March 28, 1652. i 

Dec: br 21 st , 1732. Died Hannah Cooper, second ) ^ 
of Name. Born J 

1 [In the margin] 14J h . 


May 13 th , 1737. Died Elis: the Wife of Mr. Charles 1 33 
Chauncey Born j 

December 23 d , 1740. 
wife of Mr. W m Cooper. Born January 2 a , 1701-2. > 34. 

Died Judith Cooper the^ 

Born January 2 a , 1701-2. I 

Interred in Tomb Dec br 29 th . J 

Dec br 13 th , 1743 [?]. Died Brother W? Cooper. \ ^ 
15 th . Interred in Grandfathers Tomb. ) 

Aug* 30^. Died Couz. Balstons Daughter Han-) „ 6 
nah, 15 years. J 

To make Cherry Wine, 

Take six pounds of Cherrys, three pounds of sugar, 
three quarts of Water, your Cherrys being stalk'd ston'd 
and well broke ; mix all together and put it into your 
Cask. Let it be well shak'd together every day for a 
week or ten dayes, then stop it up very close and let it 
stand a quarter of a Year, and then you may bottle it. 
Weigh your Cherrys before they are stalk'd. 

To make Elder Berry Wine. 

Take five quarts of Elder berry juice and three Gallons 
of Water and twelve pounds of good Brown sugar; mix 
them all well and boyl them together and scum it as long 
as any scum arises, when it is almost cold work it with 
yearst a day or two, and when it hath done working put 
it into a Cask, and in march when it is fine bottle it, after 
it is straind through a woolen bagg. 

This Indenture made the Nineteenth day of December, 
Anno Domini One thousand seven hundred and seventeen, 
Between Samuel Sewall jun r of Brooklin, (though at pres- 
ent residing in Boston) in the County of Suffolk, Gent, 
and Rebecca his Wife of the One part, And Paul Dudley 


Esqr. and Joseph Sewall, Clerk, both of Boston, in the 
County aforesaid on the other part. 

Whereas Pursuant to an Act of the Gen! Assembly of 
this Province, the said Samuel and Rebecca Sewall stand 
seized of Certain Houses, Tenements, Farms and Lands 
Containing in the whole about Three hundred Acres situ- 
ate lying and being in Brooklyn aforesaid (part thereof 
under the Improvement of the said Samuel and Rebecca 
Sewall and the rest in the possession of their Tenants) for 
and during the term of the Natural Lives of the said Sam- 
uel and Rebecca Sewall and the Survivour of them, and 
from and after their decease to the Heirs between them 
lawfully begotten forever ; And for want of such Issue to 
the next Heirs of the said Samuel Sewall. 

And Whereas hitherto God has been pleased to Bless 
the said Samuel and Rebecca Sewall with Only one Living 
or Surviving Child viz* a Daughter named Hannah, on 
whom the said Samuel and Rebecca Sewall are Desirous 
pursuant to the said Act of Assembly (And a former set- 
tlement of the said Estate Agreeable thereto) absolutely 
and fully to settle and secure the said estate in Case there 
should be no other Issue between them the said Samuel 
and Rebecca Sewall. Nofo ttjfe Etttiettture SEtttteSSetlj 
That for the Considerations above mentioned and also for 
and in Consideration of the great Trust and Confidence 
the said Samuel and Rebecca Sewall Have and do put and 
repose in the said Paul Dudley and Joseph Sewall, 

Have and Do hereby Grant Convey assign and make 
over unto the said Paul Dudley and Joseph Sewall all and 
every the Messuages Tenements Farms Lands and prem- 
ises before mentioned, wtih all the Rights priviledges and 
appurtinances thereto belonging And all the Estate right 
title or Interest which they the said Samuel and Rebecca 
Sewall have or may have in and to the same or any part 
thereof with the Reversions and Remainders of the same 
2Ta ffafre aittJ to 3§0ltt the said Messuages Farms Lands 


and premisses unto the said Paul Dudley and Joseph 
Sewall their Heirs Exec 1 " 8 and Admin" In Trust to and for 
the use and uses hereafter mentioned and no other Use 
or Trust whatsoever That is to say To and for the Use of 
the said Samuel and Rebecca Sewall for and during the 
term of their Lives and the survivour of them and from 
and after their decease To the use of Hannah Sewall their 
Only Child and Heir Apparent and the Heirs of the said 
Hannah Sewall Lawfully begotten forever And for want 
of such Issue To the right or next Heirs of the said Sam- 
uel Sew r all forever. Provided always and It is the true 
Intent and meaning of these presents That if at any time 
or times hereafter God should Bless the said Samuel and 
Rebecca Sewall with any other Child or Children then the 
said Hannah That then and in such Case the said Messuages 
Farms Lands and premisses are to goe and be to such 
Child or Children together w 7 ith the said Hannah in such 
manner as the said Act of Assembly and first settlement 
Direct, and as if this Instrument had not been made. 
2lntf further the said Samuel Sewall and Rebecca his wife 
Do Covenant for themselves their Heirs Exec rs and Ad- 
mhr? with them the said Paul Dudley and Joseph Sewall 
their respective Heirs Exec rs and Admin™ That they shall 
and will stand seized of the said Estate Farms Houses and 
premisses To and for the uses and Trusts before mentioned 
and no other whatsoever And that they will doe no Act 
or Acts whatsoever or cause anv to be done anv ways to 
prevent, defeat, destroy or alter the Settlement of their 
Estate as aforesaid. 

lit MtttltfSS EfUjercof the said Samuel Sewall and Re- 
becca his Wife have hereunto sett their hands and seals 
the day and year first above written. 

Signed Sealed and Deliv'd 

in presence of us S. Sewall a seal. 

R. Sewall a seal. 


Compared with the Original <p Father Sewall and my 
self Feb:y 24 th , 17||. 

Signed Sealed & Deliv'd 

In presence of us. 

J. Dudley. 1 * ' 

> my Parents. 
Samuel Sewall. J 

Suffolk ss. Boston, 28* h February, 17-Jf . 

Mr. Samuel Sewall and Eebecca Sewall his Wife both 
of them personally Appeared before me the subscriber, 
One of His Majesties Justices of the Peace in said County, 
and did both of them Acknowledge this above and on the 
other leafe Instrument to be their Voluntary Act and 
Deed. Samuel Lynde. 

Brooklin, Octobr. 3, 1713. 

This Day I do solemnly and heartily (as far as I know 
my own heart) renew my Baptismal Covenant performed 
by my Parents In my Infancy for me. Also I doe consent 
to that Renewal of my Covenant at Roxbury in order to 
my Son Hull 8 being Baptized and the rest of the Children 
which God should graciously give me and therein my in- 
gagements to be the Lords. 

I doe now seriously and solemnly Take the Lord Jeho- 
vah to be my God and portion. 

I doe take God the Son to be my Saviour. Hoping and 
Beleiving on him for life and Salvation, as he is offered to 
me in the Gospel. 

I doe take the Holy Ghost to be my comforter ; and 
the alone applier of this Redemption purchased by Christ 
to my Soul. 

Now I doe give up my self to God the Father, to God 
the Son and to God the Holy Ghost. In Three persons 
yett but one God. 

I Beleive that God made the World and all the Crea- 
tures that are therein, and that by him all his Creatures 
are sustained and kept in Being 


I Beleive that God made man upright and entred into 
a Covenant with him. But he falling therefrom by His 
Eating of the forbidden fruit, as in Gen : 2. 1G, 17, Rom : 
5. 18, and so transgressing Gods Law Fell from this his 
first Estate of uprightness, and all his Posterity. He being 
their Head and standing for them. 

I beleive that God did not leave all mankind to perrish, 
but that he did from all Eternity Ordain some to Everlast- 
ing Life; in and by his Son Jesus Christ. Whom in due 
time he caused to come into the World born of a Woman 
(even the Blessed Virgin Mary) born under the Law, 
That he might Redeem them that by Adams first Trans- 
gression was condemned to die. For he hath made him 
to [?] sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made 
the Righteousness of God in him. He shedd his most 
precious Blood for without Blood there could be no re- 
mission of Sin. 

I beleive that God accepts of the Righteousness of Christ 
being imputed to a Beleiver, as a Righteousness sufficient 
for him, Christ having by his Death and suffering satisfied 
his justice which was out against the Sinner. 

I beleive he was made a Sacrifice for Sinners when he 
Suffered the Bitter and accursed Death of the Cross, and 
that He is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto 
God in and through him. 

I beleive that I am a Mortal Creature, and that I shall 
shortly Die and this Body of mine moulder into Dust. 

I beleive that Christ is able and will at the last day 
raise this Body of mine again. As Job said, Though 
worms distroy this Body of mine, yett in my flesh I shall 
see the Lord. 

Teach me Lord so to number my Days, that I may 
apply my heart unto true Heavenly wisdom. 

Now I doe desire that this Lord and Saviour of the 
World would send the Holy Spirit the Comforter and ap- 
plier of this his Redemption into my Soul. That by him 


I may be brought to see my Original sin that I was con- 
ceived in and brought forth with, and be inabled to be 
deeply humbled for the same, and to sorrow after a Godly 
sort. That I may have that Repentance unto Life never 
to be Repented of. That he would make me by his good 
Spirit to see that by Nature I am a Child of wrath and 
Dead in trespasses and sins. That I might be quickened 
enlivened and inlightened in my understanding, and hav- 
ing my will renewed, I may be inabled to imbrace J C 
offered to me in the Gospel. 

I doe Desire to forsake sin and every evil way, and to 
loath it and abhorr it. Begging of strength from Heaven 
to inable me to resist and Oppose the temptations offered 
me to sin, I desire with the Psalmest Psal : 19-12, 13, 14. 
Who can understand his Errors, cleanse thou me from se- 
crett faults. Keep back thy Servant from presumptuous 
sins, lett them not have dominion over me ; then shall I 
be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great trans- 
gression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation 
of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, Lord my strength 
and my Redeemer. Lord I desire that thou wouldest 
not be strict to mark what thou hast seen amiss in me, 
but that I may be enabled to Cry out as In the 130 Psal. 
3, 4. verses. If thou Lord shouldst mark Iniquities, 
Lord who shall stand ! But there is forgiveness with 
thee that thou mayest be feared. Grant that I may ex- 
perience a fear and aw upon my soul against Sinning 
against thee, and that I may have this forgiveness ex- 
tended tow*ards me. Doe not Lord Remember against 
me the sins of my Youth, but deliver me from the guilt of 
them for thy goodness and mercy sake. Grant that I may 
experience and be inabled to say with the Psalmist, All 
the paths of the Lord are in mercy and truth, unto such 
as keep his Covenant and his Testimonies. 

Now Lord help and inable me by thy grace so to keep 
Covenant with thee, that all thy Providential dispensa- 


tions whether mercifull or Afflictive may forward me in 
the waies of holiness, and make me more and more meet 
to be made a partaker with the inherritance of the Saints 
in light. For these Ends, Lett thy word and Ordinances 
prove beneficial and of spiritual advantage. Thy spirit 
from time to time setting home the truths which I read 
and hear ; that so I may thereby be edified and built up 
in the most Holy Faith and have thee Comforting of me 
amidst my many sorrowes and tryalls which I shall be 
Afflicted with in this present Evil World. That I may 
be inabled to say with the Psalmist Psal. 126. 5, 6 : They 
that sow in Tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth 
and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come 
again with rejoycing, bringing his sheaves with him. 

To all People unto whome these presents shall come, Sam- 
uel Sewall of Boston in the Countv of Suffolke, and Province 
of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Esqr and Hanah 
his Wife send Greeting. Know yee that wee the said 
Samuel and Hanah Sewall have constituted and apointed 
and in our stead and place putt Mr. Thomas Mumford of 
Point Judith in the Narragansett Country in New England 
Yeoman to be our true and Lawfull Attorney for us and 
in our name place and stead to enter into and have and 
take possession and Seizin of all those Lands with the 
Eights members and appur ces scittuate lying and being in 
the Pettaquamscott Purchase in the Narragansett Country 
aforesaid which in and by one Indenture of Bargaine and 
Sale bearing date the day next before the date of these 
presents made or mentioned to be made between us the 
said Samuel and Hanah Sewall of the one part and Thomas 
Hazard of Boston neck in the Narragansett Country afore- 
said Yeoman of the other part are granted or mentioned 
to be granted bargained and sold by us unto the said 
Thomas Hazard and every part and parcel thereof, or any 


part or parcel thereof in the name of the Whole. And 
after such entry soe had and made and possession and 
seizin soe had and taken as aforesaid to deliver quiet 
and peaceable possession and seizin thereof unto the said 
Thomas Hazard or to his Attourney in that behalf Lawfully 
authorized. To be had and held aeording to the Tenour 
forme and Effect of the said Indenture. And whatsoever 
our said Attourney shall doe in the premisses wee the 
said Samuel and Hannah Sewall doe and shall hereby rat- 
iefy confirme and allow as fully as if wee our selves had 
been present and done the same in our own persons. 

In Witnesse whereof wee have hereunto sett our hands 
and seales the Twenty ninth day of Aprill Anno Dom. 
one thousand six hundred Ninety and Eight Annoq[u]e 
ER S [Regum]. 1 

The Indians came upon Deerfield Feb. 29 th , 170f , at 2 
a Clock in the morning a Tuesday. 

All the people and the Watch being asleep, opened the 
Gates and came in, fired 4 or 5 Houses before they awaked. 
Saw it at Hattfield and Col. Partridge who gives the fol- 
lowing account came with 60 men to succour them. 

Killd 57 10 of them soldiers 

carried away 90 Of the Enemy Killd 30 

Left alive 128 

Mr. John Williams the Minister with his Wife and 4 Children 
carried Captive 2 Killd and one at Hadly 3 Chil 

7 in all. 

His Houses Barns and all that he had in them except what 
the Enemy took destroyed by fire; cattle Hoggs and 
Sheep Killd or burnt. 

Upon his and the whole place a lamentable dessolation. 

1 " Reges" appears to be the correct interpretation of the manuscript, but 
" Regum " is the proper word to be supplied. — Eds. 


One of the Captives escaped sais the Indians told him they 
had another Company of about 200 intending for some of 
the Towns on the River or the Frontiers. 

Written ,p Col. partridge to the Govr., March 2, 170f . 

Wednesday, Feb ry the 27 th 175$ - 1 Dyed at Brookline 
my Hon d Father Samuel Sewall Esq r in his 73 d year from 
June last. Novemb r 21? he was seized with the Numb 
palsey, afterwards Gott able to walk about the Room, was 
taken again, took to his bed and so continued untill he 
dyed. He was Buried at Brookeline in the Tomb which 
M r Allen Built, (and in which the whole Family are Buried,) 
Wednesday the 6 th of March following. 2 Bearers chosen, 
Lieut nt Governour Phips, Coll. Huchinson, Coll. Winslow, 
Jonas Clarke Esq rs , Capt n Winchester and Capt n Sharp. 
But by Reason of A violent Snow Storm the four first 
could not come [so] putt in their Room Thorn 8 Hubbard, 
Sam: White, Doctl" Zab : Bojdstone and Majf Edward 
White Esq rs . 

Tuesday April 14 th , 1761. Died at Roxbury at Mr. 
Moses Newels, my Hon d Mother Rebeccah Sewall, sud- 
denly in the Seventy Ninth year of her age, and on the 
twenty fourth Instant was Decently Interred in our Tomb 
at Brookline. Pall Holders, Hon b,e Coll. Wendel, Hon ble 
Tho s Hubbard Esq r , Docty Boylstone, Jeremiah Gridley 
Esq r , Edw d White Esq r , and Capt n Sharp. 

1 This entry and the one following, referring to the death and burial of 
S. S., Jr., and wife respectively, appear in the "Memorandum Book," and 
apparently were made by some member of the family. — Eds. 

- [In the margin.] The next Spring was llemoved into our own Tomb in 


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Abbott, George, archbishop of Canter- 
bury, I. 374, note. 

Abraham, the promise to the children of, 
II. 200, note. 

Account of money collected for Thomas 
Thacher of Yarmouth by Samuel 
Sewall, I. 210. 

Ackly, Nathaniel, a sufferer from war, 

I. 191. 

Act for Government of Navies, Samuel 
Sewall's inquiry concerning, II. 124. 
Does it cover Massachusetts Bay ? 

Acts of Trade and Navigation, ships con- 
demned for non-observante of, I. 34, 

Adams, Mr., Sherbourn, his farm to be 
appraised, II. 279. 

Adams, Rev Mr., Conn. (?) a sermon by, 

II. 69. 

Adams, Rev. Mr., funeral sermon on Mr. 

James Noyes, II. 112. 
Adams, Abraham, Newbury/ death of, 

1714, II. 31. 
Adams, Abraham, cousin of Samuel 

Sewall, letter of Samuel Sewall to, 

1724, II. 172. 
Adams, Anne, letter of Samuel Sewall to, 

Adams, Conrade, merchant, Barbadoes, 

I. 246. 

Adams, Eliphalet, New London, receives 
a Greek Bible from Samuel Sewall, 

II. 31. Mentioned, 194. 

Adams, Hugh, Oyster River, N. H., his 
verses against periwigs, II. 137. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to, concerning a 
treatise which he proposes to publish, 

Adams, John, chosen constable, II. 222. 

Adams, Moses, bearer of Samuel Sewall's 
letter, I. 113. 

Adams, Moses, Holliston, II. 228. 

Adams, Samuel, chosen assessor, II. 222. 

Adams, William, Barbadoes, letter of 

Samuel Sewall to, I. 133, 153. Business 
correspondent at Barbadoes, 152. 

Addington, Isaac, I. 11, 37. Witness to 
deed, 69, note. Letter to Rev. Thomas 
Buckingham, 263. Mentioned, 250. 
Writes a deed, 341. Trustee of Hop- 
kins legacy, II. 29. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, against allowing the acting 
of a play in the council-chamber, 29. 
Secretary, 256. Death of, 299. Buried 
in Gov. Leverett's tomb, 299. 

Addington, Madam Isaac, buried, II. 16. 

Address of Gov. Simon Bradstreet to 
King William, I. 145, note. In opposi- 
tion to issuing paper money, II. 235. 

Addresses presented to King William by 
the Massachusetts colony, I. 144. 

Admiralty, court of, libels of Arthur 
Savage filed in, II. 91. Concerning 
certain acts of, 210. 

Adolph, Dyreck, New York, I. 313. 

" Adventure," the ketch, I. 3. 

"Advice," Her Majesty's ship, Capt. 
Wynn, commander, I. 220. 

Africa, II. 156. 

Age of Discretion, for persons charged 
with capital crimes, I. 424. 

Agomont, Jabez, II. 267. 

Aires (Ayers), Bethiah, marries John 
Walley, II. 298. 

Akin, John, New Bristol, imprisoned for 
refusal to assess taxes, II. 171. 

Alborough, Sir John, death of, I. 85. 

Alden, Elizabeth, mentioned, I. 16. 

Alden, Capt. John, mentioned, I. 16, 378. 

Alden, Capt. John, Jr., I. 256. 

Alden's Collection of American Epitaphs, 
II. 216, note. 

Alford, B., sum paid on Mrs. Pierson's 
mortgage, I. 218. 

Alford, mariner, I. 181. 

Alford, Mrs., II. 139. 

Algate, Eng., I. 27. 

Algiers, the piratical port of the Mediter- 
ranean, I. 200, note. 

Allen, Mr., death of his daughter Wheel- 
right, II. 64. 



Allen, Governor, mentioned. I. 251. 

Allen, Daniel, business dealings with 
Samuel Sewall, I. 30. Letter from 
Samuel Sewall to, 33, 43. Letter from 
Samuel Sewall, concerning selling of 
some land belonging to, 37. Memo- 
randum of letter to, 48. Mentioned, 49. 

Allen, Mrs. Daniel, I. 44. 

Allen, Bbenezer, II. 103. 

Allen, James, London, II. 151. 

Allen, Rev. James, executor of Gov. 
Bellingham's will, 1672, I. 9. Signs an 
address to the King, 58, note. A trus- 
tee of Gov. Bellingham's estate, 100, 
note. Accused of tampering with the 
will, 101, note. His suit concerning 
the will, 102, note. 

Allen, Rev. .James, Brookline, ordained, 
1718, II. 300. Prays at funeral of Capt. 
Samuel Aspinwall, 307. 

Allen, Mrs. James, admitted to Brook- 
line church, II. 300. 

Allen (Allyn), John, secretary of Con- 
necticut in 1692, I. 5. Concerning aid 
for the relief of sufferers from the 
French attack of 1690, 126. 

Allen, Mary, deposition concerning the 
debt of one Lewis, I. 167. 

Allen. S., I. 5. 

Alliance, the, between Great Britain, 
France, Austria, and Holland, II. 109 
and note. 

Allice, Mr., death of his wife, II. 298. 

Allin, Mr., England, cousin of Samuel 
Sewall, I. 29, 96. 

Allin, Thomas, letter to, giving the death 
of the King of Spain, 1. 251. 

Alsup, Daniel, contributes grain, &c, for 
the sufferers from Indian depredations, 

I. 187. 

" Ambassador's Tears," a sermon, II. 
129, note, 131. 

America, letters of Samuel Sewall con- 
cerning the christianizing of, 1. 192, 193, 
195. The place of the New Jerusalem, 
argument of Samuel Sewall on, 177. 
May furnish place for the New Jeru- 
salem, II. 156. The aborigines of, 
may have been Ephraimites, 163. 

" America," ship, I. 2, 92. 

Andrew, plavs on the violin to Samuel 
Sewall, IL 270. 

Andrew, Rev. Samuel, Milford, I. 398; 

II. 51. 

Andrews, Mr., England, cousin of Samuel 
Sewall, I. 98. 

Andrews, Daniel, attorney in church con- 
troversy at Salem, I. 15. 

Andrews, Jedediah, of New Haven, a 
sufferer from war, I. 191. 

Andrews, Robert, letter of attorney from 
Richard Cornish, I. 98. 

Andros, Lady, death of, I. 79. 

Andros, Sir Edmund, supersedes Gov. 
Dudley, I. 34. Mentioned, 38. note. 
Expected as governor, 40. Petition 

of Samuel Sewall to, 70, note. His 
government as affecting land titles, 71, 
note. Overthrow of his government, 
143, note. Address sent from Massa- 
chusetts to King William concerning 
his government, 145. note, 146, note. 

Andros, Rev. Jedediah, Philadelphia, 
Samuel Sewall sends him some tracts, 
II. 34, 89. 

Angel of Revelation, the, Samuel Sewall's 
idea concerning, I. 294. 

Angier, Ames, a writing-master, Boston, 
1721, II. 135. 

Angier, Mrs. Hannah, death of, II. 34. 

Angola, a negro, I. 102, note. 

Anne, Queen of England, proclaimed in 
Boston, I. 272. 

" Anne," ship, John Foye, commander, I. 

Annesly, Dr., England, I. 98. 

Anthony, Abraham, mariner, I. 39. 

Anthony, Joseph, New Bristol, imprisoned 
for refusal to assess taxes, II. 170. 

Antigua Island in trade with Boston in 
1688, I. 4. 

Antram, Mr., the almanac of, I. 324. 

Appleton, Madam Elizabeth, marriage of, 
with Rev. Edward Payson, II. 214. 

Appleton, Capt. John, death of, at Ips- 
wich, 1699, I. 215 and note. 

Appleton, Col. John, son of John, Ips- 
wich, mentioned, I. 350, note ; II. 103, 
148. Judge of court, 208. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, concerning the 
funeral charges of John Hirst, 114. 

Appleton. Rev. Nathaniel, sermon on 
death of Col. Foxcroft, II. 307. Funeral 
sermon by, on President Leverett, 305. 

Appleton, Samuel, Sr., Ipswich, nomi- 
nated councillor, I. 2. 

Appleton, Samuel, Ipswich, mentioned, 1. 
328. Engaged in bringing captives 
home from Canada, 330. Death of, in 
London, 1726, II. 264. 

April Fool day, denounced by Samuel 
Sewall, I. 365. 

Archer, Alice, Samuel Sewall's grand- 
mother, I. 265. 

Arnold, Mrs., death of, II. 182. 

Arnold, Gov. Benedict, interested in Pet- 
taquamscot, I. 108. 

Arnold, John, concerning bill of exchange 
for Samuel Sewall, I. 152. 

Arnold, John, prison keeper at Boston, 
I. 190. 

Arnold, Joseph, mariner, I. 152 ; his 
brigantine seized, 156. 

Arnold, Josiah, concerning a house in 
Point Judith, I. 25. Letter from Sam- 
uel Sewall 39. Letter from Samuel 
Sewall, to, 40. Concerning a meeting 
at Pettaquamscot, 108. 

Arrowsmith, Rev. John, author of " Ar- 
milla Catechetica," II. 11 and note. 

" Arundel," ship, Capt. Josias Crow, com- 
mander, I. 240. 



Ashly, Mr., II. 131. 

Ashhurst, Sir Henry, presents an address 
of Massachusetts colony to King Wil- 
liam, I. 145. His interest in the affairs 
of New England, 194. Letters of Sam- 
uel Sewall to, 336, 359, 385, 403. A bill 
of exchange on Connecticut, 377, Con- 
cerning bills of exchange, 383. 

Ashhurst, Gov. Robert, a letter of, TI. 157. 
Letters of Samuel Sewall to, 166, 176. 
Letter to Samuel Sewall, on his resigna- 
tion as Treasurer of the Society for 
Propagating the Gospel among the In- 
dians, 168. Sympathizes in the death 
of Rev. Increase Mather, 169. Illness 
of, 207. 

Ashhurst, Sir William, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, concerning the christianizing 
of the aboriginal natives of America, 
1. 192. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, con- 
cerning the Indian affairs, 231. Let- 
ters of Samuel Sewall to, 239, 275 and 
note, 388, 404. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, concerning the pirates, 300. Letter 
of Samuel Sewall to, on appointment 
of John Higginson, 311. Mentioned, 
377 ; II. 110. Afflicted by the death of 
Lord Lovelace, I. 386. Appointed agent 
for the colony, 389. Letter to Increase 
Mather, 411. Concerning his nephew, 
Mr. Lane, II. 9, 16. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, on the death of Queen Anne, 
and proclamation of King George, 1. 35. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, on appoint- 
ment of Col. Shute as Governor, 56. 
Concerning certain aspersions on his 
character, 57. 

Asia and Africa, Samuel Sewall's hopes 
of a general enlightenment of the 
dwellers in, II. 80. 

Asia mentioned, II. 156. Inhabited by 
Abraham's posterity and cannot be the 
New Jerusalem, 200 and note. 

Aspinwall, Mrs., death of, II. 296. 

Aspinwall, Capt. Samuel, drowned, II. 

Assessors chosen at Anniversary Town 
Meeting, 1726, II. 222. 

Asten, Thomas, a tenant of Samuel Sew- 
all, I. 312. 

" Atheisme and Blasphemie," an act 
against, I. 358. 

" Athenian Mercury," an English periodi- 
cal, I. 202, note. 

" Athenian Oracle," paper printed at 
London, I. 322 note ; II. 101. 

Atherton, Maj.-Gen. Humphrey, death 
and funeral of, II. 308. 

Atkins, Thomas, takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218. 

Atwater, Anna, married Jeremiah Dum- 
mer, II. 67. 

Atwater, Joshua, Sr., shopkeeper in Bos- 
ton, II. 67. 

Atwater, Joshua, Jr., death of his wife, 
1688, I. 86. 

Atwater, Mary, married John Clark, II. 67. 
Atwell, Mr., England, cousin of Samuel 

Sewall, I. 96. 
Author's dedication, II. 203. 
Ayers (Airs), Edward, Portsmouth, II. 



Backus, Rev. Mr., to marry Eunice Ed- 
wards, II. 269. 

Bacon, Mr., Connecticut, II. 249. 

Bacon, Robert, shoemaker, England, II. 

Baddesly, England, I. 24. 

Bagnal, Benjamin, II. 175. 

Bagworth, Benjamin, I. 135. 

Bairstow, Mr., has land to sell at Rox- 
bury, I. 276. 

Baker, Mr., Sherbourn, II. 279. 

Baker, Anthony, mason, II. 216. 

Baker, John, chosen select-man, II. 222. 

Baker, Thomas, takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218. 

Baker's Chronicle, II. 141. 

Baldwin, Richard, concerning the address 
to King William, I. 144, note. 

Ballantine, Col. John, representative in 
1726, II. 224. Register of Deeds, 231. 

Balston, Hannah, daughter of James, 
married John Inwood, II. 62, 63, 76. 

Balston, Hannah, buried in tomb of John 
Hull, II. 312. 

Balston, James, a ship-carpenter of Bos- 
ton, II. 62. 

Balston, Mrs. James (Hannah), marries 
George Wiltshire, and thirdly John 
Man, II. 62. 

Balston, James, son of James, Sr., inter- 
ests Samuel Sewall in obtaining his 
inheritance, II. 62, 76. 

Balston, Jonathan, mariner, I. 38, 53, 109. 

Balston, Nathaniel, witness to a receipt, 
II. 226. Married Hannah Hirst, 254. 
To bring some primrose roots to Samuel 
Sewall, 261. 

Bannister, Samuel, mentioned, I. 161, 
363, 365 ; II. 64, 135. Bearer of letter 
for Samuel Sewall, I. 259. 

Bannister, Thomas, shopkeeper in Bos- 
ton, I. 167. 

Bant, , Commander of the "Meheta- 

bel," I. 89, 168. 

Barbadoes Islands, I. 3. In trade with 
Boston in 1688, 4. 

Barber, James, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, I. 103. 

Barbor, Samuel, and Samuel Rockett, 
letter of, to Samuel Sewall concerning 
the dismissal of their pastor, II. 95. 

Barker, Mrs., of Salem, I. 288. 

Barlow, mariner, II. 151. 

Barnard, Deacon, takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218. 

Barnard, Rev. Mr., Andover, at Charles- 
town ordination, II. 297. 



Barns, Mrs., her health precarious, I. 110. 

Barns, Nathaniel, Antigua, letter of Sam- 
uel Sewall to, consigning him oil, &c, 
I. ( J0. Letter to, concerning goods con- 
signed to him, 108. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, concerning goods consigned 
to him, 109. 

Baron, Mr., concerning a bill on his 
executors, I. 35. 

Barrington, Francis, II. 60, note. 

Barrington, John (Shute), letter of, to 
the Council at Boston, II. 60, and note. 
Sends his picture to the Council at Bos- 
ton, 62. Letter to the Council concern- 
ing the charter, and repayment of 
money advanced for expedition to 
Canada, 71. 

Barron, William, Bilboa, letter of Daniel 
Quincy to, I. 92. 

Bartlett, John, a petitioner of the Church 
of England, I. 416. 

Barton, John, taking a voyage to Eng- 
land, II. 178. A debtor to estate of 
Madam Usher, 179. His bond can- 
celled, 191. 

Basilio, Immanuel, I. 387. 

Basset, Rev. Nathan, Vineyard, Samuel 
Sewall sends New Testament to him at 
Charleston, S. C, II. 165 and note. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 267. 

Batt, Christopher, accidentally shot by 
his son, II. 309. 

Batter, Mrs., marries her daughter to 
Rev. Mr. Emerson, I. 171. 

Baxter, Rev. Joseph, Medfield, letter 
concerning his dismissal from his par- 
ish to go and instruct Indians, II. 95. 

Baxter, Richard, dissenter to King's Dec- 
laration, I. 54, note. Life of, volume 
abridged by Edmund Calamy, 294 ; II. 
24. His "Warning to Youth," 31. 
" Glorious Kingdom of Christ,' 202. 
" Conversion of the Jews," 253. 

Bayley, Jacob, mentioned in letter of 
Samuel Sewall to his friend Daniel 
Gookin, I. 18. 

Bayley ( Bailey), James, Roxburv, men- 
tioned, I. 321, 330. Death of, 1707, 363. 
Estate of, insolvent, II. 103. 

Bayly, John, II. 248. 

Baylv, Rev. John, Watertown, Mass., I. 

Beal, Capt,, bearer of letters for Samuel 
Sewall, I. 128, 131. , 

Beamon, Mrs. Hannah, Deerfield, II. 102. 

Bedford, Capt., England, I. 96. 

Bedford, Mrs. Capt., England, I. 96. 

Bedgood, Capt. Jel'fry, chosen overseer 
of the poor, II. 222. 

Beekman, Madam, at Sopas on Hudson 
River, letter of Samuel Sewall to, II. 

Belchar, TCev. Mr., Dedham, pravs at a 
fast, II. 296. 

Belcher, Capt. Andrew, I. 6, 85. Bill of 
exchange drawn by, 157. A bill of 

exchange on, 204. Mentioned, 219 and 
note. Concerning bill of exchange, 
271. Mentioned, II. 49, note. Death 
of, mentioned, 79. Buried, 1716, 85. 
Letter to Jonathan Belcher, (?) con- 
cerning charter privileges, 1715, 88. 

Belcher, Edward, bearer to David Stod- 
dard, II. 149. 

Belcher, Capt. Gill, I. 324. 

Belcher, Jeremiah, I 70, note. A writ of 
intrusion served on him at Hog Island, 

Belcher, John, a tenant of Gov. Belling- 
ham, I. 9. 

Belcher, Jonathan, mentioned, I. 299. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, at the 
court of Hanover, II. 54. Letter of 
Andrew Belcher to, concerning charter 
privileges, 88. Mentioned, 103. Letter 
of Samuel Sewall to, 265. Letter to 
Samuel Sewall, 265. Wishes to buy 
some marsh land of Samuel Sewall, 266. 

Belknap, Jeremy, incidents related of 
Jeremy Dummer, I. 305, note. 

Bellamy, John, London, letters of Samuel 
Sewall to, I. 327, 331. 

Bellingham, Mrs., attended funeral of 
Madam Usher, 1723, II. 304. 

Bellingham, Elizaheth, daughter of 
Samuel, I. 104, note. Heir to Winni- 
simmet, 249. 

Bellingham, Gov. Richard, will of, I. 8. 
His estate at Winnisimmet (Chelsea), 
100, note. A member of First Church, 
Boston, 100, note. The story of his 
will, 100, note. His death, 101, note. 

Bellingham, Mrs. Richard (Penelope), her 
marriage with Governor Richard Bel- 
lingham, I. 99 and note. 

Bellingham, Samuel, son of Gov. Rich- 
ard, concerning his interest in his fa- 
ther's estate, I. 99 and note. His gradu- 
ation at Harvard, &c, 99, note. His 
marriage settlement, 104, note. Death 
of, 1672, 104, note. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, 158. Return to England, 

Bellingham, Mrs. Samuel (Elizabeth), 
second wife, upbraids Samuel Sewall 
concerning his disposal of the Eustace 
Farm, I. 104, note. Lost at sea, 104, 
note. Her will contested, 105, note. 
Mentioned, 159. Bearer of letter for 
Samuel Sewall, 191. Concerning her 
will, 2U3. Concerning her deed of land 
to Samuel Sewall. 219. 

Bellomont, Earl of, his expected arrival 
at New York, I* 194. Arrival of, at 
New York, 198. At New York, 208. 
At Boston, 212. Attacked with the 
gout, 212. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, 240. Entertained at the Province 
House while in Boston, 241, note. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 250. 
Death of, 253. Mentioned, II. 258. 

Benbow, Rear-Admiral, I. 17. 



Bendal, Mr., land sold to satisfy his debt, 

Bendall, Freegrace, recorder of Boston, 

I. 11. 
Bennet, Henry, death of, in Boston, I. 261. 
Bennet, Mrs. Henry (Sarah), concerning 

a legacy for, I. 261. 
Bennet, William, London, I. 261. 
Bennet, William and Constantine, chil- 
dren of Henry, I. 261. 
Bennett, John, witness to deed, II. 231. 
Bermudas, in trade with Boston, in 1688, 

Berry, Micay, merchant of London, 1. 121. 
Bevis, mariner, I. 321. 

Beza, , his sermon quoted, II. 244. 

Bible, the, in case of a new translation, 

Samuel Sewall recommends a certain 

change, 1. 297. For the Indians, printing 

of the, mentioned, 379, 380. Letters of 

Samuel Sewall on the printing of the 

Indian Bible, 401, 402. Concerning Mr. 

Eliot's edition of, for the Indians, 402. 
Bigelow, Dr. Jacob, I. 227, note. 
Bilboa, in trade with Boston in 1688, 1. 4. 
Bill, James, marsh land belonging to, I. 

69, note. 
Bills of Exchange, remitted by Samuel 

Sewall, I. 134. Of Connecticut, 337. 

To Mr. Samuel Gerrish, given by Sam- 
uel Sewall, II. 213. 
Bing, Mr., II. 210. 
Bishop, Capt. John, New Jersey, letter of 

Samuel Sewall to, I. 171. Mentioned, 

Bishop, Richard, servant, II. 271. 
Bishops, Seven, sent to the Tower, I. 88 

and note. Samuel Sewall's dread of 

their work in New England, II. 144. 

Drove the first settlers to New England, 

Black Rocks, a ledge on Salisbury side of 

Merrimack River, II. 148. 
Blacklaches, Mr., concerning a deed, I. 

Blackmore, Capt., I. 385. 
Blackston, William, first settler in 

Boston, I. 155 and note. 
Blackwell, Capt., I. 116, note. 
Blackwell, Madam, letter sent to Mrs. 

Usher by, I. 79. 
Blagrove, Mr., Bristol, II. 228. 
Blagrove, Nathaniel, the appellant in a 

will case before the court, I. 319, 320. 

Executes a release of land, 346. 
Blagrove, Mrs. Nathaniel (Elizabeth), I. 

Blake, Admiral, I. 410, note. 
Blake, John, puts Capt. Hutchinson's 

horse into the pound, I. 103, note. 

Leases land of Richard Wharton, 103, 

Blake, Gov. Joseph, persuaded not to 

marry his wife's sister, I. 410. 
Blancher, Joshua, chosen constable, II. 


Blanket, Capt., I. 286. 

Blew Bell Inn, at Maiden, Mass., I. 190. 

Blinco, Charles, Jamaica, letter of Sam- 
uel Sewall to, concerning rent of his 
house, I. 161. Boundaries of his land 
in Boston, 163. 

Blind Sennirit, an Indian, II. 128. 

Block, Adriaen, his explorations of Long 
Island Sound, &c, I. 47, note. 

Block Island, land owned by Samuel 
Sewall at, I. 47. So called from Ad- 
riaen Block, 47, note. 

" Blossom," ship, I. 99. 

Blower, mariner, I. 128. 

Blower, Rev. Mr., his sermon on Mr. 
Green, II. 52. 

Blower, John, his land near School St., 
II. 231. 

Boggestow Brook, Samuel Sewall's claim 
to land on, I. 283. 

Bond, Francis, England, letter from Sam- 
uel Sewall, I. 27. 

Bond, William, concerned in settling a 
minister at Watertown, I. 140. 

Boner, Capt., I. 246. 

Bonny, James, II. 245. 

Bonny, Mrs. James (Desire), seeks to 
enforce an order of the Judge of Pro- 
bate, II. 246. 

Book of Almanacks, memorandum copied 
from, II. 309. 

Books, sent to England for, by Samuel 
Sewall, I. 237, 238, 239, 310; II. 116, 
253. Forwarded to Samuel Sewall by 
John Love, 247. Wanted by Samuel 
Sewall, 261. Burned in Public Library 
at Boston in 1712, 422. List of, which 
Samuel Sewall sends to England for, 
II. 10. Sale of books belonging to 
Rev. Richard Stretton, England, 52. 
Belonging to estate of Madam Usher 
and sent to Mrs. Cotton, 189. 

Boon, N, bearer to Mrs. Green, II. 296. 

Boriston, Mr., I. 340. 

Borland, John, an affidavit concerning the 
charge against Gov. Dudley, I. 362. 

Borland, John, London, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, II. 121. 

Borland, Rev. John, a Scotch minister of 
the Darien expedition, I. 227, note. 

Boston, a negro freeman, death of, II. 

Boston, list of places carrying on trade 
with, in 1688, I. 4. Map of, mentioned 
by Samuel Sewall, 32, note. How the 
Declaration of Liberty of Conscience 
was received in, 55, note. The fire 
of 1711 in, 422. Mortality in, for year 
1717, II. 93. Sailing of the fleet from, 
to Canada in July, 1711, 296. 

Boston Library, burned in 1712, I. 422. 

Bounds and Land Marks, Samuel Sewall's 
opinion concerning natural boundaries 
for Indian territory, II. 142. 

Bourn, Joseph, Bridgewater, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, II. 153. 



Bourn, Rev. Joseph, pastor at Mashpaw, 
II. 255. 

Bowe, Nicholas, sailing orders for the 
ketch " Endeavour," I. 00. 

Bowen, Joseph, preacher to the Indians, 
II. 177. 

Bowles, Major, death of his wife, II. 304. 

Boy dell, John, private secretary to Gov. 
Shute, II. 61. Mentioned, 92, 111, 157. 
Carries letter for Samuel Sewall, 127. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 147. 

Boydell, John, register, II. 202. 

Boylstone, Dr. Zah, bearer for Samuel 
Sewall, Jr., and wife, II. 320. 

Bracket, Capt, at Wells, Me., I. 183. 

Bradish and Gillam, pirates, I. 210. 

Bradford, Thomas, chosen constable, II. 

Bradford, Maj. William, mentioned, I. 

Bradstreet, Dudley, Jr., mentioned by 
Samuel Sewall, II. 32 and note. 

Bradstreet, Simon, Gov present at nomi- 
nation of councillors, I. 1. Illness of, 
94. His health improves, 95. Signs 
address to King William, 140, note. 
Elected president of the provisional 
government, 144, note. Death of, 182. 

Bradstreet, Rev. Simon, Charlestown, at 
ordination, II. 297. Mentioned, 302. 

Bragdon, Mr., II. 210. 

Braintree, Church of Christ at, receives 
a legacy, I. 28. 

Brattle (Bratles), cousin, I. 96, 152. 

Brattle, Mr., with Samuel Sewall in 
England, I. 96. Mentioned, 152. 

Brattle, Madam, concerning the Blagrove 
will case, I. 320. 

Brattle, Thomas, sickness and death of, 
II. 21 and note. Trustee of Hopkins 
legacy, 29. 

Brattle, Rev. William, ordained at Cam- 
bridge, I. 179. Trustee of Hopkins 
legacy, II. 29. Death of, 1710, 06. 
At ordination, 1713, 297. 

Brenton, Mr., mentioned, I. 107. Con- 
cerning his land on Mumford's Island, 

Brenton, William, of a committee to let 
out Hog Island, I. 08, note. 

Brewer, Rev. Daniel, (?) at ordination, 
Charlestown. II. 297. 

Bridge, Rev. Thomas, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, 1. 214 and note. Presents sent 
to, by Samuel Sewall, 273. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall and Edward Bromfield 
to, 282. Accepts a call to First Church, 
Boston, 283 and note. Death of, 1715, 
11.48, 78. At ordination, 1714, 298. 

Bridges, John, takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218. 

Bridgham, Mr., death of, I. 378. 

Bridgharn, Joseph, bearer of letters for 
Samuel Sewall, I 85. 

Brightman, Mr., his expounding of the 
Scriptures, I. 173, 170. 

Brinsmead, Rev. William, his inability to 
preach, I. 250. Death of, much la- 
mented, 282. Mentioned, 318. 

Brintnal, innkeeper, illness of, II. 242. 

Bristol, Eng., carried on trade with Bos- 
ton, 1688, I. 4. 

Bristol, R. I., letter of Rev. James Mc- 
Sparran to church of, concerning some 
scandalous charges made against him, 
II 98. Forgiveness of the townspeople 
toward Rev. James McSparran, 100. 

Broadlands, the country seat of Lord 
Palmerston, II. 38, note. 

Bromfield, Edward, mentioned by Samuel 
Sewall, I. 110. Money paid to, on 
account of Mrs. Usher, 149, 151. 
Mentioned, 224, 239. Letter to Rev. 
Thomas Bridge, 282. Member of 
Council, 311. Mentioned, 347 ; 11.103, 
234. Trustee of Hopkins legacy, 29. 
Bearer to Madam Bridget Usher, 150, 
304. Bearer for Madam Dudley, 

Brookline church, James Allen ordained 
minister of, II. 300 Contributes for 
celebration of communion, 300. Chose 
as deacons Thomas Gardner and Ben- 
jamin White, Jr., 300. 

Broughton, Mr., hires the mills at Kittery, 
Me., I. 43. 

Broughton, Nathaniel, master of barque 
" Exchange," I. 90. 

Brown, Col., on committee to call Rev. 
Benj. Wadsworth to Harvard College, 
II. 306. 

Brown, Madam, attended funeral of 
Madam Usher, II. 304. 

Brown, Mr., tutor at Harvard College, 
I. 19. 

Brown, Benjamin, merchant, of Salem, I. 
120, 290. 

Brown, Madam Benjamin, elegy on, 
mentioned, I. 299. 

Brown, John, (?) Salem, death of, 1688, 
I. 79. 

Brown, Deacon Joshua, a petitioner of 
the church of England, I. 416. Letter 
of Samuel Sewall to John Webster, 
considering Brown a dissenter, 417. 

Brown, William, in list of names for nomi- 
nation as councillor, I. 1. 

Brown, Capt. William, II. 107, 154, 157. 

Browne, Abigail, daughter of Samuel, 
Salem, death of, II. 182, 208. 

Browne, Abijah, witness to a lease, II. 

Browne, Samuel, Salem, II. 103. Letter 
of Samuel Sewall to, on the death of his 
daughter, II. 207. 

Bruff, Mrs., death of, I. 101. 

" Bruised Reed," tract bv Dr. Sibbs, II. 

Bruning, Joseph, Samuel Sewall's account 
with, I. 118. Death of, 120. 

Buckingham, Rev. Thomas, Hartford, 
letters of Samuel Sewall to, I. 263, 354. 



Mentioned, 397 and note. Married Mr. 
Foster's daughter, II. 269. Receives a 
sermon from Samuel Sewall, 269. 

Bulkley, Gershom, Wethersfield, men- 
tioned, I. 111. 

Bulkley, Peter, Wethersfield, account of, 
with estate of Capt. John Hull, I. 111. 

Bulkley, Col. Peter, Concord, in list of 
names for nomination as councillor, I. 1. 

Bull, Governor, I. 108. 

Bull, James, in captivity, I. 157, 161. 
Concerning his redemption, 168. Cap- 
tive, 207. His redemption money, 272. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall concerning his 
redemption money, 278, 281, 286. 

Bullen, Ensign, infringes on land of Sam- 
uel Sewall, I. 284. 

Bullinger, Aretius, and other authors of 
biblical works mentioned, I. 176. 

Bullivant, Mr., I. 206. 

Bundy, Rev James, at Kingston, II. 114. 

Bunyan, John, dissenter to King's Decla- 
ration, I. 54, note. 

Burbank, , son of Thomas, letter of 

Samuel Sewall to, I. 155. 

Burbank, Thomas, Rumsey, Eng., letters 
of Samuel Sewall to, I. 143, 154, 163. 
Account of, with Samuel Sewall, 207. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, concerning 
the selling of goods for him, 208. 

Burgess, Elizeus, letter to his Majesty's 
Councillors upon being made Governor 
of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, 
II. 48, 49, note. 

Burges, Mr., England, cousin of Samuel 
Sewall, I. 96. 

Burnet, Dr., preaches in House of Com- 
mons, I. 41. Sermon by, II. 35. 

Burnet, Gov. William, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, considering the Jews as a 
distinct people even after their conver- 
sion, II. 154. Mentioned, 183, 242. 
Samuel Sewall sends a letter of con- 
gratulation to, on his arrival in Rhode 
Island in the course of his journey to 
Massachusetts, to act as Governor, 244. 
Arrival as Governor of Massachusetts, 
245. Letters of Samuel Sewall to, 247, 
260. Goes to New Hampshire, 258. 

Burr, , death of. 1724, II. 182. 

Burr, Peter, Fairfield, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, concerning the indebtedness 
of Mr. Walker's estate to him, I. 253. 

Burr, Mrs. Peter, mentioned, I. 254. 

Burrill, John, trustee of Hopkins legacy, 
II. 29. Speaker of the House, 57. 

Burrough, William, a bill of exchange 
on Samuel Sewall, I. 132. 

Burt, Sea-born, baptism of, I. 329. 

Busher, Mr., loss of his warehouse by 
fire, I. 269. 

Butcher, Elizabeth, II. 102. 

Butler, Peter, letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
I. 83. 

Butler, Stephen, blacksmith, II. 230. 

Butler, Tabitha, II. 230. Grants a piece 

of land near School St. to Jacob Sheaf, 
231. Boundaries of her land, 231. 

Buttolph, Mr., pall-bearer to Mrs. Green, 
II. 295. 

Buttolph, George, I. 5. 

Byfield, Capt. and Col. Nathaniel, Bristol, 
mentioned, I. 106; II. 14. Judge of 
Admiralty, I. 219, note. Letters of 
Samuel Sewall to, 296, 322. Letter 
of Samuel Sewall to, answering his 
complaint of ill-treatment in the Bla- 
grove will case, 318. Letter of Sam- 
uel Sewall to, desiring assistance for 
the parish of Byfield named for him, 
345. His charge against Jeremiah 
Dummer, II. 57. Chosen to office in 
place of Col. Townsend, deceased, 242. 
Waits upon Rev. Joseph Sewall to an- 
nounce his having been chosen Presi- 
dent of Harvard College, 305. 

Byfield, Mrs. Nathaniel, I. 296. 

Byfield, Mass., named for Nathaniel By- 
field, I. 297. 

Byles, Mr., verses by, printed, II. 246. 

Calamy, Edmund, London, letters of 
Samuel Sewall to, I. 294 ; II. 37. His 
abridgment of Baxter's life, mentioned, 
1.294; 11.58. A history by, 55. His 
" Defence of the Dissenters," 263. 

Caledonia, attempt of the Scotch to form 
a settlement at, I. 227, note. 

Calfhill, Mr., his answer to Mr. Mar- 
shall's " Pleading for the Cross," II. 

Callender, Rev. Elisha, II. 183. 

Calvin's Commentaries, II. 211. 

Cambridge, Eng., its situation, I. 147; II. 

Campbell, Mr., Boston, I. 350; II. 67, 81. 

Campbell, Duncan, New York, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, I. 244. Mentioned, 
II. 93. 

Campbell, John, II. 149. 

Canada, failure of the expedition into, 

I. 385. Sailing of the fleet against, 

Cantelbury, Cornelius, bond of, given 
Samuel Sewall, I. 121. 

Cantelbury, John, bond of, given to Sam- 
uel Sewall, I. 121. 

Canterbury, Archbishop of, II. 170. 

Cape Einister, I. 134. 

Capen, Rev. Joseph, Topsfield, death of, 

II. 306. 

Captives in Algeria, letter of Samuel 

Sewall concerning, I. 200, 204. See 

Thatcher and Bull. 
Captives, return of, from Canada, I. 

Cardall, Thomas, High Sheriff of Long 

Island, arrests the preachers Hampton 

and Makemie, I. 12. 



Carniola, Germany, a wonderful lake at, 
II. 182. 

Carter, Mr., cousin of Samuel Sewall, II 
6, 12, 107. 

Carter, ('apt. Thomas, I. 199. 

Carteret, Lord, II. 170. 

Carthagena, Governor of, I. 228. 

Gary, ('apt., I. 40, 48, 301. Letter of Sam- 
uel Sewall to, about goods sent to Ja- 
maica, 78. Mentioned, 301. 

Caryl, Rev. Joseph, his character and at- 
tainments, II. 55, 57, 67, 104. 

" Cases and Questions," by Stoddard, II. 

Catechism, the, attempt to abolish, II. 34. 

Cawdry, Mr., writings on the Bible, I. 303. 

Center, Jonathan, II. 104. 

Centuriae Magdeburgenses, a church his- 
tory by various writers, I. 76, note. 

" Centurion," ship, I. 299. 

Chad well, Mary, a maid in Samuel Sew- 
all's family, I. 266. 

Chalker, John, extract of letter to 
Thomas Giles, I. 39. 

Chamberlain, John, one of the executors 
of will of Stephen Winthrop, I. 46. 

Chapen, Sam, Indian, murdered his 
cousin, I. 276. 

Chapin (Chaphin), Samuel, commander of 
the ketch " Hopewell," I. 3. 

" Chapman," means a buyer, I. 230, note. 

Chapman's Island, near Dorchester, 
Mass., I. 350. 

Charity School, letter of Samuel Sewall 
concerning, II. 224. 

Charles II., King of England, death of, I. 2. 

Charles II., King of Spain, death of, I. 
186 and note. 

Charter of Massachusetts, the abrogation 
of, how it affected land grants, I. 71, 
note, et seq. Samuel Sewall's senti- 
ments concerning the charter Act, 262. 
Anxiety of Samuel Sewall for the, II. 

Charters, the bill against, I. 259. 

Chauncey, Charles (son of Rev. Israel), 
letter telling of death of his father, I. 

Chauncey, Charles, President, of Harvard 
College, I. 260. 

Chauncey, Mrs. Charles (Elizabeth), 
buried in the tomb of John Hull, II. 

Chauncey, Rev. Charles, minister of First 
Church in Boston, his letter rebuking 
the church, II. 236, note. His election 
sermon rinding fault with the legisla- 
ture, 236, note. 

Chauncey, Rev. Israel, Stratford, Conn., 
a present of books to, from Samuel 
Sewall, I. 93. Copy of his account 
with Samuel Sewall and letter from 
him, 180. His account with Samuel 
Sewall, 220. Mentioned, 253. Letter 
of Samuel Sewall, to, 263. Death of, 
282 and note. 

Chauncey, Mrs. Israel, I. 94. 

Chauncy, Mr., II. 191. 

Chauncy, Charles, merchant of Bristol, 
Eng., I. 205. 

Chauncy, Rev. Charles, England, remem- 
bered kindly by Samuel Sewall, I. 93. 

Chauncy, Isaac Hadly, II. 95. 

Chauncy, Mrs. Mary, admitted to Old 
South Church, 11. 307. 

Chauncy, Uzziel, mercer in Bristol, Eng., 

I. 181. 

Checkley, Capt. Samuel, attorney for 
Hezekiah Usher, I. 142, 263 ; II. 48. 

Checkley, Samuel, town clerk, II. 222, 

Cheever, Rev. Mr. election sermon by, 
1712, II. 4. 

Cheever, Rev. Ezekiel, schoolmaster, 
concerned in church controversy at 
Salem, 1. 16. Mentioned, 302, 356, note ; 

II. 109. Death of, 1708, I. 355, note. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 1708, 365. 

Cheever, Mary, death of, I. 355, 356, 

Cheever, Rev. Samuel, Marblehead, I. 
356, note. 

Chever, Joshua, chosen assessor, II. 222. 

Chiever, Rev. Mr., Rumney Marsh, pre- 
sent at ordination of Rev. Peter 
Thacher, II. 104. 

Chelmsford, Mass., I. 240. 

Cherry wine, a receipt for, II. 312. 

China, Samuel Sewall's interest in the 
aboriginal inhabitants of, I. 217. 

Choak, mariner, I. 53. 

Christ, the Human Nature of, &c, con- 
sidered in a letter of Samuel Sewall to 
Rev. Nathaniel Stone, II. 40. 

" Christian Counsel applied to the Married 
State," by Rev. William Thomas, II. 
215, note. 

Chubb, mariner, I. 117. 

Church, Charles, sheriff of Bristol county, 
from 1714 to 1746, II. 171. 

Church, Maj. Benjamin, Indian fighter, 
I. 126, note. 

Church of Christ, Braintree, receives a 
legacy, I. 28. 

Church of England, concerning the found- 
ing of, at Newbury, I. 416 and note. 

Clap, Capt., death of, 1690, 83 years old, 

I. 116. 

Clap, Rev. Nathaniel, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, on the Gospel of St. Luke, 

II. 47. 

Clark, Mr., II. 115. 

Clark, sea captain, I. 31, 32. 

Clark, Mrs., Brookline, death of, June 9, 
1724, II. 305. 

Clark, Capt., concerning a lot at Muddy 
River, I. 81. 

Clark, Christopher, concerning a legacy 
for Mrs. Sarah Bennet, I. 262. Men- 
tioned, II. 67. 

Clark, Daniel, concerning the legacies to 
the Clark children, I. 266. 



Clark, Capt. Edmond, of ship " Unity," 
I. 157. 

Clark, Francis, a bill of exchange on, T. 
250. A business partner of Grove Hirst, 
336. Bearer of letters for Samuel 
Sewall, 338. 

Clark, George, (?) children of, Milford, 
Conn., their legacies, I. 158, 159, 206, 
258, 266. 

Clark, John, shipmaster, his marriage and 
child, II. 67. 

Clark, Mrs. John (Mary), marries sec- 
ondly John Coney, II. 67. 

Clark, Dr. John, death of, II. 259. His 
grandson Allen, 259. Made Justice of 
Peace, 1700, 259. Mentioned, 301. 
Death of his wife, 304. 

Clark, John, England, bookseller, Samuel 
Sewall sends to him for books, II. 

Clark, John, and Richard Hett, book- 
sellers, England, II. 271. 

Clark, Jonas, II. 245. Chosen bearer for 
Samuel Sewall, Jr., 320. 

Clark, Jonathan, bearer of letter for 
Samuel Sewall, I. 50. 

Clark, Mary (Madam Pemberton), daugh- 
ter of Mrs. John, II. 67. 

Clark, Samuel, certain money paid to 
him by Samuel Sewall, I. 116. 

Clark, Mrs. Samuel (Brown), death of, 
Sept. 12, 1724, II. 305. 

Clark, Thomas, takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218. 

Clark, Timothy, chosen overseer of the 
poor, II. 222. Deed acknowledged be- 
fore, 231. 

Clark, Capt. William, I. 89. Commands 
ship " America," 92, 97. 

Clark's spring, at Brookline, II. 300. 

Clarke, John, mariner, I. 51. 

Clement VII., mentioned, I. 378. 

Clement XI., mentioned, I. 378 and note. 

Clement, Vaugn, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, concerning a legacy, I. 419. 

Clements, Job, Dover, N. H., I. 183. 

Clough, William, takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218. 

Cloy, Ebenezer, takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218. 

Cobbet, Rev. Mr., of Ipswich, death of, I. 

Cobbett, John, chosen constable, II. 222. 

Cochran, Ninian, and others, letter of, to 
Rev. Cotton Mather, concerning the 
character of Rev. James McSparran, 
II. 118. 

Cockerill, Thomas, letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, I. 377, 378, 380, 385. 

Coddington, Nathaniel, I. 230. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, concerning the sup- 
port of Elizabeth Thurston and child, 
I. 269. 

Coddington, William, chosen deputy to 
General Court, II. 38, note. 

Codman, mariner, I. 88. 

Coffin, Nathaniel, letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, concerning Deacon Joshua 
Brown, I. 418. 

Coffin, Peter, an order on, for planks, etc., 
I. 211. 

Coffin, Tristram, Newbury, I. 84, 118. 

Cohansey (Bridge Town), N. J., I. 214, 

Coit, Job, chosen constable, II. 222. 

Coleman, John, merchant, Boson, I. 410. 

Collet, Matthew, linendraper, London, I. 
214, note. 

Collier, Mr., his alterations of a dictionary, 
I. 259. 

Collins, Francis, London, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, I. 274. 

Collins, Rev. John, I. 274. 

Collins, Mrs. Martha, Charlestown, money 
lent to her by Samuel Sewall, I. 274. 

Colman, Rev. Benj., mentioned, I. 14. 
Captured by a privateer, 156 and note. 
Mentioned, 259, 355. Letter of Joseph 
Sewall to, 414. Letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, 415. At Fast, at New South 
Church, II. 64. Sermon by, on death 
of Grove Hirst, 81. Preached funeral 
sermon for Madam Steel, 148. His 
" Sermon on the Sabbath/' 182. Men- 
tioned, 186. Helps to distribute gifts to 
various ministers from Rev. Mr. and 
Madam Cotton, 205. Assists in distrib- 
uting £400 given by Rev. Thomas Cot- 
ton for charitable purposes, 217. Nomi- 
nated for President of Harvard College, 
219. Printed sermons by, 232. His ser- 
mon "Family Worship," 260. Funeral 
Sermon for Solomon Stoddard, 267. His 
account with estate of Madam Usher, 
as administrator, 292. Prays at ordi- 
nation, 300. Marries Col. William 
Dudley and Judge Davenport's daugh- 
ter, 301. Funeral sermon by, on Presi- 
dent Leverett, 305. Urges Rev. Joseph 
Sewall to accept the presidency of Har- 
vard College, 305. Chosen President 
of Harvard College, which office he 
refuses, 305. 

Colson, Nathaniel, mentioned, I. 218. 

Columbina, the new Jerusalem may be 
located in, II. 201, 202. Believed by 
Samuel Sewall to be the location of the 
New Jerusalem, 273. 

Comet, a cometic blaze seen by Samuel 
Sewall, I. 268. 

Comey, mariner, I. 321. 

Comfort, Jacob, II. 34. 

Concord, N. H., I. 240. 

Coney, Rev. Mr., sermons by, II. 216. 

Coney, John, goldsmith, married Mrs. 
Mary Clark, II. 67. Death of, 303. 
Funeral sermon on, by Mr. Foxcroft, 

Conflagration, in Boston, 1712, 1. 422. 

Connecticut, contribution of, to war 
against French and Indians, I. 5. A 
project to join in part to New York, 



42, note. Taken under the government 
of Massachusetts, 69, 70. Troops fur- 
nished for an attack against Quebec, 

Constables chosen at Boston Town Meet- 
ing, L726, 11.222. 

Cook, Mr., England, I. 118. 

Cook, Mrs., Cambridge, death of, 1689, 
I. 98. 

Cooke, Elisha, in list of those who re- 
ceived votes for nomination as council- 
lor, I. 2. Arbitrator in the Rev. Sam- 
uel Harris's controversy, 16. Of com- 
mittee to receive the Earl of Bellomont, 
194, 201. Member of Superior Court, 
215. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 229. 
Clerk of Superior Court, Boston, 229. 
Concerning his pew in the Church at 
Rumney Marsh, II. 222. Chosen mod- 
erator of the Boston Town Meeting, 
222. His land on School St., 231. 

Coolidge, Mr., Sherbourn, II. 279. 

Coolidge, Rev. Mr., Watertown, goes to 
Lyme as assistant to Mr. Noyes, 11.246- 

Cooper, Rev. Mr., mentioned, I. 14. 

Cooper, Hannah, infant daughter of Mrs. 
Judith (Sewall) Cooper, birth of, II. 
264. Buried in Hull tomb, 311. 

Cooper, Hannah, second of name, buried 
in Hull tomb, II. 311. 

Cooper, Mehetabel, grand-daughter of 
Samuel Sewall, death of, II. 175, 311. 

Cooper, Thomas, concerning the payment 
of his bond, I. 339. 

Cooper, Rev. William, minister of Brattle 
St. church, II. 39, note. Marries Jud- 
ith Sewall, 116, 117. Sermon of, 131. 
To live in the Cotton-House, 176. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to, inclosing two 
five-pound bills, 261. Birth of a daugh- 
ter to, 261. Administrator of estate of 
Samuel Sewall. 288 On committee to 
call Rev. Benjamin Wadsworth to Har- 
vard College, 306. Epistle on death of 
Rev. William Waldron, 307. Drives 
to funeral of Rev. Peter Thatcher, 307. 
Buried in tomb of John Hull, 312. 

Cooper, Mrs. William (Judith), a daugh- 
ter born to, named Hannah, II. 264. 
Goes to Brookline to escape small-pox, 
301. Buried in the tomb of John Hull, 

Coote, Richard, see Bellomont, Earl of. 

Copland, William, Braintry, a debtor to 
estate of Samuel Sewall, II. 277, 279. 

Corlett, Elias, admitted into Lincoln Col- 
lege, II. 309. 

Cornbury, , Governor of New York, 

secures the arrest of the preachers 
Makemie and Hampton, I. 12. 

Cornish, Richard, letter of attorney to 
Robert Andrews, I. 98. 

Cornwell, Mr., takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218. 

Cor win, (J., ordained at Salem, II. 31. 

Corwin, Hon. Jonathan, baptized by 

Hugh Peters, I. 289. Mentioned, 366, 

and note. 
Coshomon, Eliab, II. 163. 
Cotton, Mr., his tract on Ecclesiasties, II. 

Cotton, Mr., Newton, II. 157. 
Cotton, Mrs., Newton, a child born to, II. 

Cotton, Ive, I. 329. 
Cotton, John, Plimouth, school teacher, 

I. 113. 

Cotton, Rev. John, in England, I. 28. 

Sale of house which belonged to, to 

John Hull, 158. Mentioned, 201. 
Cotton, Rev. John, ordained as minister 

at Newtown, II. 298. 
Cotton, John, ordained at Hampton, I. 

Cotton, Leonard, the chief mourner at 

Madam Bridget Usher's Funeral, II. 

150. At Hampton Falls, 158. Son of 

Rev. Thomas, 226. 
Cotton, Rev. Nathaniel, receives a gift of 

money towards growth of religion in 

Providence, R. I., from Rev. Thomas 

Cotton, II. 186, 206, 217, 218. 
Cotton, Rev. Rowland, letter of Samuel 

Sewall to, II. 127. Quoted concerning 

salaries of the Indian ministers, 127. 

At ordination of his son, 298. 
Cotton, Seaborn, of Hampton, death of, 

Cotton, Rev. Theophilus, Hampton Falls, 

II. 158. 

Cotton, Thomas, England, son of Rev. 
and Madam Thomas, II. 287. 

Cotton, Rev. Thomas, England, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, I. 230; II. 77, 93, 
158, 186. Minister in Hogsdon Square, 
London, I. 179. A worthy dissenting 
minister, II. 64. Letter of Samuel Sew- 
all and Rev. William Welstead to. on the 
death of Madam Usher, 149. Copy of 
Madam Usher's will sent to, 151. Letter 
of Samuel Sewall to, concerning Mr. 
Henchman's indebtedness to the estate 
of Madam Usher, 153. Letters of Sam- 
uel Sewall and William Welsteed to, 
167, 178, 187,225. Mentioned, 179, 213. 
£400 given by him and his wife for 
charitable uses, 217. Letter from Sam- 
uel Sewall consulting as to the distri- 
bution of the £400 donated by, 219. 

Cotton, Mrs. Rev. Thomas (Bridget), con- 
cerning her marriage certificate, I. 125. 
Concerning Mrs. Usher's claim, 225. 
Mentioned, II. 39. 80, 93. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, 204. Letter of Sam- 
uel Sewall, Jr., to, concerning his fath- 
er's account with Madam Usher's es- 
tate, 287. 

Cotton Hill, Boston, I. 191. 

Councillors, nomination of, 1686, I. 1. 

" Country Tragedies " related by Samuel 
Sewall to his friend Daniel Gookin, I. 
18, 19, 21, note. 



Court, the General, laws made by, can be 
nullified by Privy Council, I. 231, note. 
Its assertion of power to try misde- 
meanors, 833 et seq: Act of Habeas 
Corpus by, 335. Rebuked by Rev. 
Charles Chauncy in an Election Ser- 
mon, II. 236, note. 

Court of Admiralty, held under the new 
government, I. 34. 

Court of Chancery, disallowed in Massa- 
chusetts, I. 223 and note. 

Courts of judicature, established in Mass- 
achusetts, I. 223, note. 

Coward, William, a pirate, I. 99. 

Cowell, his lot of land on the common, 
II. 134. 

Cowell, Edward, sold land at Dunstable 
to John Turner, 195. 

Cowell, Hannah, deposition concerning 
Lewis's debt, I. 167. 

Cowley, Abraham, I. 17. 

Cox, Rev. Henry, pastor at Bishop Stoke, 
Eng., II. 24, 263. Biographical sketch 
of, I. 295. His daughters, 296. 

Cox, Thomas, Physician, England, I. 295. 

Coxall, John, of committee to "let out" 
Hog Island, I. 68, note. 

Craft, Ebenezer, bearer to Thomas Gard- 
ner, II. 297, 298. Death of, 303. 

Cranfield, Gov. Edward, imprisonment of 
Rev. Joshua Moodey by, I. 24, note. 

Cranston, Caleb, I. 408. 

Cranston, Mrs. Caleb (Judith), I. 408. 

Cranston, Elizabeth, I. 408. 

Cranston, Mary, I. 408. 

Cranston, Gov. Samuel, Rhode Island, I. 
211. Seeks to marry his sister-in-law, 
Mrs. Pease, 408. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, II. 71. 

Crick, Capt., takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218. 

Crocker, mariner, II. 230, 292. 

Crooked Lane, the passage by which In- 
crease Mather escaped from Boston, I. 
69, note. A creek running between 
Hog and Noddle's Islands, 69, note. 

Crosby, , of Eastham, Conn., sold 

rye for war supplies, I. 5. 

Crosby, Joseph, a bond given to Samuel 
Sewall by, I. 121. 

Crosby, Thomas, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, I. 89. 

Crouch, William, England, I. 224. 

Crow, Capt. Josias, I. 240. Receives 
some wedding-cake from Samuel Sew- 
all, 245. Return of, from Tortugas, 257. 

I Crown of Old Age," sermon by Dr. 
Mather, II. 210. 

Crusoe, Robinson, captured by Moorish 
pirates, I. 200, note. 

Cummins, Sarah, receives a Bible, II. 297. 

Cunable, John, delivers a warning to 
Roger Judd, I. 209. 

Cunningham, William, concerning Rev. 
James McSparran, II. 120. 

Curling, Capt., II. 225. 

Curwin, Rev. George, death of, II. 79. 

Gushing, Mr., Salisbury, II. 148. 

Cushing, Mrs. Deborah, letter of Rev. 
James McSparran, concerning her 
charges against him, II. 98. 

Cushing, J., II. 103. 

Cushing, Rev. Job, married the daughter 
of Mr. Prentice, Lancaster, II. 267. 
Receives sermons from Samuel Sewall, 

Cushing, Thomas, chosen representative, 
II. 224. 

Cushman, Mrs., receives aid from Samuel 
Sewall, I. 186. 

Cutler, Lady, II. 151. 

Cutler, Mr., I. 414. 

Cutler, Dr. John, buried, II. 85, 

Cutler, Rev. Timothy, at Yale College, I. 
15. To preach in the Episcopal Church 
in Boston, II. 143. And Rev. Samuel 
Myles, memorial of, to Gov. Wm. Dum- 
mer concerning the exclusion of the 
Episcopal Church from a meeting of 
the churches, 184. 

Cypriano, Valera, a translation of, re- 
commended, I. 297. 


Dafforne, Mary, leases a tenement of 
Samuel Sewall, I. 199. 

Dalton, Michael name of a legal author, 

Danforth, Mr., mentioned, I. 116. 

Danforth, Jonathan, II. 70. 

Danforth, Jonathan, surveyor, II. 195. 

Danforth, Rev. John, Dorchester, men- 
tioned in memorandum of Samuel 
Sewall, I. 116. Verses on the new 
year, II. 131. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, 240. At ordination of John Cotton, 
298. Mentioned, 296. At ordination 
of Mr. Thayer, 297. Urges Rev. Joseph 
Sewall to accept presidency of Harvard 
College, 305. On committee to call 
Rev. Benj. Wadsworth to Harvard 
College, 306. 

Danforth, Samuel, II. 70. 

Danforth, Samuel, Billerica, surveyor, II. 

Danforth, Rev. Samuel, Taunton, letter 
of Samuel Sewall to, I. 375. Men- 
tioned, II. 100, 240. His almanack for 
year 1647, giving the settlement of cer- 
tain towns, 125. 

Danforth, Mrs. Samuel, I. 376. 

Danforth. Dep -Gov. Thomas, nominated 
councillor, 1. 1. Quoted concerning the 
Declaration of Liberty of Conscience, 
56, note. Concerning a deed of feoff- 
ment for Mrs. Bridget Usher, 142. Mem- 
ber of Superior Court, 215. Death of, 
215 and note. Death of, mentioned, 
223 and note. Mentioned, II. 70. 

Danforth, Mrs. Thomas (Mary), funeral 
of, I. 182. 




Danson, Mr., Follow of Maudlin College, 
1. 144, 155. At Abbington, Eng., II. 202. 

Darien Expedition, letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to the surviving ministers of the, 

I. 227 and note, 229, note. Articles of 
surrender signed by the Scotch (Latin), 
242 and note. 

Dartmouth, inhabitants of, concerning 
release from taxes and from imprison- 
ment, II. 171. 

Davenport, Addington, jud<je on the case 
of Samuel Smith for killing his negro, 

II. 101. Mentioned, I. 362; II. 103, 
175, 191, 228. Member of Council, 184. 

Davenport, Rev. John, works an innova- 
tion in the celebration of the Lord's 
Supper in Boston churches, II. 123. 

Davie, Humphrey, in list of those who 
received votes for nomination as coun- 
cillor, I. 1. Concerning a bill of ex- 
change, 38. 

Davie, John, succeeds to a baronetcy, I. 
348 and note ; II. 130. 

Davie, Mrs. John, I. 348. 

Davies, Mr., concerning his bill of ex- 
change, I. 44. 

Davis, nurse, death of, II. 298. 

Davis, Capt, bearer of letters for Samuel 
Sewall, I. 257 ; II. 80. 

Davis, Capt. Benjamin, disappearance of, 

I. 110. 

Davison, Maj. Daniel, his account with 
Samuel Sewall, I. 125, 324. 

Deale, England, II. 203. 

Death, Mr., Sherbourn, II. 279. 

Declaration for Liberty of Conscience 
by King James II., I. 53, note. Its 
reception in England and by the dis- 
senters, 54, note. Increase Mather's 
opinion of and policy concerning, 55, 
note, 56, note. Cotton Mather's ac- 
count of its reception in Boston, 56, 

Deed from Samuel Sewall to town of 
Boston providing an annuity for use of 
South End School, II. 134 and note. 

Deed of sale of Hog Island to Samuel 
Sewall, I. 69, note. 

Deerfield, town, massacre by the Indians 
at, I. 298. Rev. John Williams and 
others taken captives, II. 319. 

Delamere, Lord, presents Sir Henry 
Ashurst to King William, I. 145, note. 

Deming, Mr., bearer of letter, I. 374. 

Demming, Samuel, death of, from small- 
pox, II. 303. 

Denison, Col., Ipswich, death of, II. 182. 

Denison, Mr., Roxbury, death of, 1717, 

II. 299. 

Denison, Mrs., Roxbury, death of, 1716, 

II. 299. 
" Deptford," His Majesty's ship, I. 205. 
Dering, Mr., I. 261. 
Dering, Capt., 11.221. 
Devotion. Edward, (?) has land to sell at 

Roxbury, I. 276. 

Dibben, Mr., verses by, mentioned, II. 6. 

Dickinson, Jonathan, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, II. 151. Mentioned, 160. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, concerning 
his wife's estate in Elizabethtown, 115. 

Dickinson, Mrs. Jonathan, II. 161. 

Dighton, inscription on the rock at, 1. 116. 

Dimond, Capt. Thomas, II. 192, 225. 
Some effects from Madam Usher's es- 
tate sent to England by, 204. His bill 
of lading of Madam Usher's effects, 

Disposition of £400 given by Rev. 
Thomas Cotton for charitable uses, 
II. 217. 

Distich (Latin), written by Samuel Sewall 
on the downfall of Babylon, I. 318. In 
memory of Mr. Jaffrey, etc., 350. In 
imitation of Ovid, II. 123. On down- 
fall of Rome, 139. 

Dolbery, , manner, I. 116, 128. 

Doolittle, Rev. Benjamin, Northrield, the 
reeipient of eight pounds, II. 200, 218. 

Dorbee (Dorby), Eleazer, I. 279. Con- 
cerning the redemption money of 
James Bull, 286. 

Dotey, John, lost on Barnstable Bar, I. 

Dover, Eng., II. 263. 

Dover, N. H., I. 5. Persons killed at, 

Dowell, Mr., bearer of letter for Samuel 
Sewall, I. 285. 

Downfall at Blackfriers, a distich, II. 137. 

Dows, Ion, II. 103. 

Draper, John, witness to a lease, II. 241. 

Drew, Eraz, bearer for Col. Aspinwall, 
II. 307. 

Dudley, Ann, II. 309. 

Dudley, Catherine, II. 309. 

Dudley, Catherine (second of the name), 
II. 309. 

Dudley, Daniel. II. 309. 

Dudley, Edward, II. 309. 

Dudley, John, II. 309. 

Dudley, Joseph, II. 809. 

Dudley, Gov. Joseph, nominated council- 
lor, 1. 1. Mention of his taking posses- 
sion of the government of northern 
portion of New England, 24, note. 
His statement of Mrs. Cotton's mar- 
riage, 125. Expected arrival as Gov- 
ernor of Massachusetts. 262. Letters 
of Samuel Sewall to, 273, 278, 347; 
II. 47. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
concerning purchase of land in Rox- 
bury, I. 270. Letter to Samuel Sewall 
concerning a marriage settlement for 
his son Joseph, 279, 280. Accused of 
illegal trading, 854, note, 362. Lays 
before the council the address for his 
removal, 861. Proclamation by, allow- 
ing the establishment of an Episcopal 
Church at Newbury, 420. Eleventh 
year of his governorship, II. 7. Trus- 
tee of Edward Hopkins' legacy, 29. 



Advises an address to the Queen, 33, 
note. His commission as Governor ex- 
pired, 50. At church meeting at house 
of Samuel Sewall, Jr., 300. Death of, 
301. Funeral sermon by Mr. Colman, 
301. Account of his children's births, 
309. Witness, 315. 

Dudley, Mrs. Gov. Joseph (Rebecca), II. 
300. Present to her grandson, Henry 
Sewall, 301. Death of, 303. 

Dudley, Lucy, child, death of, II. 298. 

Dudley, Mary, II. 309. 

Dudley, Paul, I. 2b2 ; II. 103, 304, 309. 
Attorney for Mr. Lilly, I. 334. Samuel 
Sewall's opinion on his being court at- 
torney during the governorship of his 
father, 339. Judge, II. 216. His house 
raised, 303. Holds in trust the property 
of Samuel Sewall, Jr., for his daughter 
Hannah, 312. 

Dudley, Mrs. Paul, II. 310. 

Dudley, Rebeckah, child of Gov. Joseph, 
II. 309, 

Dudley, Robert, a statue of, in St. 
Mary's Chapel, Warwick, Eng., II. 

Dudley, Samuel, II. 309. 

Dudley, Thomas, child of Gov. Joseph, 
date of birth, II. 309. 

Dudley, Col. William, son of Gov. Joseph, 
II. 50, note, 309. Marries Judge Dav- 
enport's daughter, 301. Birth of a 
daughter, baptized Rebeckah, 306. 

Dummer, Madam, Swathling, Eng., I. 
333, 364 ; II. 13, 45. A book sent by 
Samuel Sewall to, 85. Death of, 181. 

Dummer, Edmund, London, I. 390. 

Dummer, J., cousin to Samuel Sewall, 

Dummer, Capt. Jeremiah, goldsmith, 
sickness of, I. 89. Father of agent, 
219, note. Judge, 311; 11.67. 

Dummer, Jeremiah, agent to England, 
letters of Samuel Sewall to, I. 267, 371, 
388. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, con- 
cerning his treatise, etc., 302 and note. 
Takes degree of Dr. of Philosophy, 302, 
note. His treatise De jure Sabbati, 
etc., 302 and note, 305, note. Letter 
from Samuel Torrey reviewing his 
treatise, 304. Incidents of his resi- 
dence in England related by Jeremy 
Belknap, 305, note. Judge of court, 
311. Made an agent for Massachu- 
setts, 404. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, on his being made agent of the 
colony, 405. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, when agent in England, 422. Ex- 
tract from letter to, II. 14. Trustee of 
Edward Hopkins' legacy, 29. Men- 
tioned, 49, note, 67, 103. His expenses, 
as agent, 55. The accusations against 
him while in England, 57. His inter- 
cession with John Barrington in the 
interests of the colony, 61. Letters of 
Samuel Sewall to, 83, 108, 122, 144. 

Receives some sermons from Samuel 
Sewall, 157. . 

Dummer, Mrs. Jeremiah (Anna), II. 67. 

Dummer, N., Compton, II. 13. 

Dummer, Nathaniel, cousin to Samuel 
Sewall, sailed for Barbadoes, I. 29. 
Sails for England, 41. At Compton, 
Eng., II. 108, 180, 192, 254. 

Dummer, Nathaniel, Sr., England, letters 
of Samuel Sewall to, I. 86, 364. Book 
sent by Samuel Sewall to, II. 85. At 
Stoke, 108. Mentioned, 180. 

Dummer, Richard, Jr., death of, by small- 
pox, 1689, I. 97. 

Dummer, Richard, Sr., Newbury, asked 
by Samuel Sewall to approve of Seth 
Shove as teacher, I. 63. Mentioned, 
89. Death of, at Newbury of fever, 

Dummer, Richard, England, death of, I. 
161, 165. 

Dummer, Mrs. Richard (Alice), I. 202. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 364; II. 
180. Book sent by Samuel Sewall to, 

Dummer, Samuel, Woburn, a debtor to 
estate of Samuel Sewall, II. 276, 280, 

Dummer, Shubael, letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, I. 125. Death of, 129. 

Dummer, Stephen, letter from Samuel 
Sewall to, I. 21. Mentioned, 23, 29, 41, 
98, 114. 

Dummer, Thomas, cousin to Samuel 
Sewall, I. 41, 364, 390. 

Dummer, William, Lieut. Gov., Newbury, 
mentioned, I. 390 ; II. 6. Son of Jere- 
miah, 67. Letters of Samuel Sewall 
to, 102, 230, 275. Bearer to Madam 
Bridget Usher, 150, 304. Calls a meet- 
ing to act upon resignation of Samuel 
Sewall as Treasurer of Society for 
Propagation of Gospel among the In- 
dians, 165. Memorial of Rev. Timothy 
Cutler and Rev. Samuel Myles to, con- 
cerning the exclusion of the Episcopal 
Church from a meeting of the churches, 

Dunch, Mr., England, II. 38. 

Dungan, Thomas (Earl of Limerick), 
purchase of his interest on Martha's 
Vineyard, I. 422. Gov. of New York, 
422, note. 

Dunstable, a description and survey of 
the land, II. 195. Letter of Thomas 
Weld to Samuel Sewall concerning a 
tract of land at, 195. 

Dunstable, scout, the, slaughter of, II. 

Dunton, John, bookseller, England, I. 202, 

Dupeister, Abraham, at New York, I. 
257. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 265. 

Durant, Edward, deposition concerning 
James Lewis, I. 170. 

Durell, Capt., II. 148. 



Dustan, Mr., of Haverhill, a sufferer from 

Indian depredation, I. 185. 
Dustan, Mrs., I. 180. 
Dwight, Henry, expressman, I. 240. 
Dwight, Nathaniel, business agent for 

Samuel Sewall, I. 72, 83. Letter sent 

by, 74. 
Dwight, Mr. Seath, pays some money due 

to Samuel Sewall, 11.261. A debtor to 

the estate of Samuel Sewall, 283, 285. 
Dwight, Timothy, Dedham, death of, II. 

Dwight, Mrs. Timothy (Bethiah), death 

of, II. 89. 
Dyer, Sheriff, letter of Samuel Sewall to, 

I. 347. 
"Dying Daily," tract by Rev. Cotton 

Mather, II. 30. 
Dyke, Jeremiah, his mention of the 

tragedy of Black Friers, II. 141. 


Earthquake, Samuel Sewall's description 

of a shock, 1727, II. 229. Rev. Mr. 

Prince's description of, 1727, 229, note. 

Its effect in Portsmouth described by 

Richard Waldron, 232. Mentioned, 

Eason, Capt. Robert, I. 365. 
Easton, Joseph, bearer of letter to Samuel 

Sewall, I. 181. 
Ecclesiastical Laws of Massachusetts 

Colony, II. 102. 
Edgartown, Mass., I. 422. 
"Ed., Howard, Gent," printed, 1701, II. 

Edict of Nantes, revocation of, by Louis 

XIV., I. 31, note. 
Edmunds, Benjamin, carries letter for 

Samuel Sewall, II. 37. 
Edmundson, James, a witness, I. 224. 
Edward, Earl of Jersey, I. 17. 
Edwards, , goldsmith, II. 132, 193, 

221. Arbitrator for Mr. Henchman, 

Edwards, Eunice, II. 269. 
Edwards, John, chosen assessor, II. 222. 
Edwards, Dr. John, answer to a sermon of 

Dr. Sacheverell, I. 397. Author of 

some tracts, II. 11 and note. 
Edy, Mr., Boston, bearer for Capt. Sam- 
uel Aspinwall, II. 307. 
Eels, Samuel, contribution to the suffer- 
ers from Indian depredations, I. 187. 
Elderberry wine, a receipt for, II. 312. 
Election Sermon preached by Rev. Mr. 

Cheever, II. 4. By Rev. Charles 

Chauncey, 236, note. 
Election News-Letter, the, II. 70. 
Electors, nomination of, in Boston, 1. 107. 
Eliot, B., II. 107. 

Eliot, Benjamin, death of, I. 79 and note. 
Eliot, Rev. John, his second edition of the 

Indian Bible, I. 22. Quoted by Samuel 

Sewall, 176, 177. The efforts of, 
among the Indians, 232, note. Quoted, 
II. 202. 

Eliot, Joseph, carries the Council's letter 
to Rev. I. Wiswall, I. 95. Of Guilford, 
Conn., 99. 

Ellary, Capt., II. 192. 

Elliott, Dea. John, II. 304. 

Ellis, Francis, concerning a bill of ex- 
change, I. 121. 

Elizabeth, a negro girl, condemned to 
death, II. 3. 

Emerson, Mr., I. 49. 

Emerson, John, Gloucester, his irregular 
marrying, I. 249. Death of, 249. 

Emerson, Rev. John, married, I. 171. 

Emerson, Rev. Joseph, Maiden, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, II. 211. Great grand- 
father of Ralph Waldo, 211, note. 

Emery, John, bearer of letters for Sam- 
uel Sewall, I. 70. 

" Endeavour," ketch, sailing orders for 
the, I. 66. 

England should possess Port Royal, I. 

Engs, Samuel, takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218. 

Episcopacy is to receive the wrath of the 
Angel of the Fifth Vial, II. 144. 

Episcopal Church, proclamation to estab- 
lish an, at Newbury, I. 420. Intention 
to build an, in Boston, II. 143. Memo- 
rial of Rev. Timothy Cutler and Rev. 
Samuel Myles, to Gov. Dummer, con- 
cerning the exclusion of, from a meet- 
ing of the churches, 184. 

Epitaph, on Matthew Prior, II. 142. To 
Rev. Ebenezer Pemberton, by John 
Charmion, 293. Translation of, 294. 

Euphrates, River, Samuel Sewall's views 
concerning the drying up of the, I. 326 ; 
II. 144. 

Europe, II. 156. 

" Eustace Farm," the, at Winnisimmet, 
known as Shurtleff Farm, I. 104, note. 

Eve, Capt., II. 63. 

Everard, Jonathan, paid a sum of money 
by Samuel Sewall, I. 181. 

Everden, Capt., commander of ship 
"Hope," I. 169. 

Everden, George, concerning a mill on 
Neponset River, II. 8. A debtor to es- 
tate of Samuel Sewall, 276. 

Everden, Walter, concerning a mill on 
Neponset River, II. 8. 

Everton, Aaron, master of the ship 
"Hope," I. 166,205. 

" Exchange," barque, commanded by Na- 
thaniel Broughton, I. 90. 

Exeter, N. H., I. 5. 

Exports, list of, from Boston in 1688, 

Eyre, Mrs., death of, 1687, I. 50. 

Eyre, John, funeral of his mother, I. 50. 
A merchant in Boston, 96. Mentioned 
in Mrs. Pierson's mortgage, 218. 



Eyton, Sir James, letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, I. 410. 

Ezer, servant to Rev. Cotton Mather, II. 

Fairbanke, Eliezer, Sherbourne, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, I. 395. 

Faith and Fervency in Prayer, a tract, 
II. 269. 

"Fall," use of the word instead of Au- 
tumn, I. 322, note. 

Faneuil, Andrew, I. 331 and note, 355. 
Merchant, Boston, 349 and note. Con- 
cerning the funeral accounts of Mr. 
Franklin, II. 203. 

Faneuil, Capt. Benjamin, merchant, New 
York, I. 349 and note, 355. 

Faneuil, Peter, I. 331, note, 349, note. 

Farnum, David, chosen select-man, II. 

Farwell, Capt. Henry, Dunstable, Samuel 
Sewall gives him power of attorney 
concerning some land, II. 196, 228. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall, Jr., to, con- 
cerning debts due his father's estate, 
284, 286. 

Fast, a, appointed in Boston, I. 107. 

" Father Higginson's Legacy, etc.," II. 
269, note. 

"Faulkland," ship, I. 189. 

Faunce, Mr., Plymouth, to glaze the meet- 
ing-house at Sandwich, I. 113. 

Fayerwether, mariner, I. 47. Loss of 
warehouse by fire, 269. 

Felonious Burning, a capital crime, I. 

Feray, mariner, I. 158. 

Ferguson, Andrew, signs a letter concern- 
ing Rev. James McSparran, II. 120. 

| Fidelity/' ketch, concerning the sale of, 
I. 64, 65. 

Firebrass, Sir Basil, concerning an act of 
Habeas Corpus, I. 335. 

First Church, Boston, Rev. Joshua 
Moodey, pastor of, I. 24 and note. The 
pastors of, decline payment of their sal- 
aries on a paper money basis, II. 236, 
note. (Old), meeting of, concerning 
Rev. Benjamin Wadsworth's call to 
Harvard College, 306. 

Fisher, Capt. Ebenezer, Wrentham, death 
of, II. 217. 

Fisher, John, Dedham, a debtor to estate 
of Samuel Sewall, II. 278, 283, 286. 

Fisk, Mr., carries letters for Samuel Sew- 
all, II. 59. 

Fisk, Rev. Samuel, II. 275. 

Fiske, Mr., I. 27. 

Fitch, Col., bearer to David Stoddard, II. 
149. Bearer for Madam Dudley, 303. 

Fitch, Ebenezer, II. 97. 

Fitch, Thomas, merchant, mentioned, I. 
311; II. 103. Trustee of the Edward 
Hopkins legacy, 29. Voted on, for 
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moderator of a meeting, 224. Letter 

of Samuel Sewall to, 224. 
Fitch, Zechariah, witness to deed, II. 231. 
Flavell, John, author, quoted, I. 42, 117 

Fleet, Thomas, a complaint against, by 

Mary Terrell, II. 208. 
Fleetwood, Dr. William, Bishop of St. 

Asaph, I. 412, note. 
Flies, a plague of, upon green pease, I. 

Flint, Mrs. Mary, daughter of Edward 

Oakes, II. 34, note. 
Flood, J., mariner, I. 183. Carries corn 

to sufferers at Kittery, Me., 184. 
Floyd, Madam, England, I. 55. 
Flynt (Flint), Henry, letter of Samuel 

Sewall to, I. 370 and note. 
Foche, Mr., bearer of letter for Samuel 

Sewall, I. 245. 
Fold and Flock, Samuel Sewall's idea of 

the translation of the words in the 

Bible, I. 297. 
Fones, mariner, II. 266. 
Foot, Nathaniel, money received from, 

toward French and Indian war, I. 5. 

Concerning the relief fund for sufferers 

from the French attack, 1690, 125, 126. 
Ford, Earl of Tankerville, mentioned, I. 

Forth, Hugh, mentioned by Samuel Sew- 
all, I. 123. 
Foster, , concerning administration 

on estate of Henry Lyon, II. 128. 
Foster, Richard, sea captain, I. 74, 122, 

211, 220, 234, 267. 
"Fountain opened," pamphlet by Rev. 

Samuel Willard, I. 341, note ; II. 123, 

Fowle, John, Bermuda, I. 28. 
Fowle, Mrs. John (Love), letter from 

Hannah Sewall to, I. 35, 36, note. 
Fowler. John, assertion in court against 

Thomas Fleet, II. 208. 
Fox, George, his " Book of Martyrs," I. 

Foxcroft, Mr., I. 39. 
Foxcroft, Col. Francis, Cambridge, death 

of, II. 307. 
Foxcroft, Madam Francis, funeral of, at 

Cambridge, II. 301. 
Foxcroft, Rev. Thomas, II. 68, 70, 175. 

A printed sermon, 152. Preaches a fu- 
neral sermon on Rev. Increase Mather, 

157, note, 304. Funeral sermon by, on 

Col. Townsend, 307. 
Foy, John, captain of the ship " Anne," I. 

34, 37, 38, 47, 75, 85, 193, 203. 
France, the revocation of the Edict of 

Nantes in, I. 31. 
Franklin, Mrs., a tenant of Sewall's, II. 

130, 140, 143, 149. 
Franklin, Henry (?), concerning his fu- 
neral accounts, 1725, II. 202. 
Franklin, James, carries letter for Sam- 

uel Sewall, II, 85. 



Frary, Mr., of Hatfield, I. 351. 

Freeman, Rev. B., a teacher of the Indi- 
ans, I. 266. 

" Freindship," a briganteen, I. 3. 

French, the, naval prizes taken by, I. 94. 
Defeat of, at Carolina, 331, 332. 

French men-of-war, seizure of vessel by, 
I. 105. 

Frigates of defence needed at Nantasket, 
Portsmouth, etc., I. 115. 

Frontenac, Count, his answer to a com- 
plaint, I. 114. 

Frost, Capt. Charles, Kittery, Me., letter 
of Samuel Sewall to, I. 43, 184. Killed 
by Indians, 1697, 43, note, 195. 

Frost, Hon. John, grandson of Nicholas, 
I. 43, note. 

Frost, Mrs. John (Mary), Pepperrell, I. 43, 

Frost, Nicholas, came from England to 
Kittery, Me., I. 43, note. 

Fullam, Maj., II. 193. 

Fuller, Dr. Thomas, his "English Wor- 
thies in London," I. 369. His " Church 
History," II. 141. 


Gage, Mr., quoted concerning the splen- 
dor of Spanish churches, I. 174. 

Gale, Mr., his " Christian Amitie," I. 273. 

Gardener, Mr., mentioned, I. 27. 

Gardener, Samuel, I. 131, 132. 

Gardner, Lieut., death of his son Thomas, 
II. 297. . 

Gardner, Capt. Caleb, bearer for Capt. 
Samuel Aspinwall, II. 307. 

Gardner, Joseph, death of his son from 
smallpox, II. 302. 

Gardner, Mrs. Joseph, death of, II. 302. 

Gardner, Thomas, Brookline, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, concerning his debt, 

I. 62. Chosen deacon of Brookline 
Church, II. 300. 

Gardner, Thomas, son of Lieut., death of, 

II. 297. 

Garfield, Lieut. Benjamin, concerned in 
settling a minister at Watertown, I. 
140, and note. 

Gates, Amos, II. 221. 

Gates, Mrs., tenant of Samuel Sewall, Jr., 
II. 296. Death of, 296. 

Gates, Margaret, married to James How, 

Gates, Symon, II. 205. 

Gay Head Neck, desired by Indian inhab- 
itants, I. 371. 

Gedney, Bartholomew, receives votes for 
nomination of councillor, I. 2. Mer- 
chant of Salem, 120. Death of, 195. 

Gee, Rev. Joshua, Jr., funeral sermon on 
Rev. Increase Mather, II. 210. Sermon 
on the " Straight Gate," 267. 

Gee, Joshua, Sr., Algerian captive, I. 28, 
34, 38, 45, 49. Termination of his cap- 

tivity in Algiers, 77. Mentioned, 112, 
206, 331. Sends money for redemption 
of Thomas Thacher, 168. Takes sand 
from Cotton Hill, 218. Concerning an 
account of redemption money, 271. 
Death of, II. 148. 

Geer, Mr., Nantucket, I. 81. 

Gerrish, Capt., death of, I. 61. 

Gerrish, Mrs. Capt., executrix of hus- 
band's will, I. 61. Death of, 79. 

Gerrish, Capt., Dover, N. H., I. 183. 

Gerrish, Hannah, cousin of Samuel Sew- 
all, Jr., death of, II. 296. 

Gerrish, Hannah, infant daughter of 
Mary (Sewall) Gerrish, II. 310. 

Gerrish, Mrs. Jane, death of a child of, I. 
98. Death of, II. 65, 66. 

Gerrish, John, letters of Samuel Sewall to, 
1.123; II. 112. 

Gerrish, Joseph, Newbury, nephew of 
Samuel Sewall, letter of Samuel Sew- 
all, Jr., to, concerning the appraisement 
of certain land in Newbury, II. 281. 

Gerrish, Rev. Joseph, Wenham, preaches 
monthly lectures at Newbury, I. 18. 
Mentioned, 20, note. Letters of Samuel 
Sewall to, 60, 379 and note, 382, 413. 
Elected to preach the Election sermon, 
382. Death of, 1720, mentioned, 379, 
note ; II. 104. 

Gerrish, Maj, II. 271. 

Gerrish, Moses, Newbury, brother-in-law 
of Samuel Sewall, I. 49. 

Gerrish, Moses, cousin of Samuel Sewall, 
a daughter born to, II. 59. 

Gerrish, Moses, nephew of Samuel Sew- 
all, marriage of, II. 214. 

Gerrish, Samuel, son-in-law of Samuel 
Sewall, letter of Samuel Sewall to, II. 
176. Mentioned as a bookseller in Bill 
of Exchange, 213. Mentioned, 220, 226. 

Gerrish, Mrs. Samuel (Mary Sewall), 
death of, mentioned, II. 12. Buried in 
tomb of John Hull, 310. 

Gerrish, William, II. 182. 

Ghent, France, surrender of, I. 381. 

Gibbons (Gibbins), William, money re- 
ceived from, toward French and Indian 
war, I. 5. Takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, 218. Lets a house to Peter Ser- 
geant, 241, note. 

Gibbs, Rev. Henry, supplies the pulpit at 
Watertown, I. 140. Obliged to give 
up preaching on account of ill-health, 
329. Sermons by, printed, II. 242. 
Death of, 1723, 304. 

Gibbs, Mrs. Mar}', marries Samuel Sew- 
all, II. 146. 

Gilbert, Dr., Oxford, entertains- Samuel 
Sewall, I. 144, 155. 
■ Gilbert, , mariner, I. 47, 156. Sup- 
posed to be lost at sea, 164. 
, " Gilbert's Presidents " (Precedents), name 
of a book, I. 40. 

Giles, Thomas, extract of letter from John 
Chalker to, I. 39. 



Gillam, , mariner, I. 88, 128, 321. 

Arrival at Marbiehead, 194. 

Gill's wharf, Boston, I. 124, 163. 

" Gloucester," ship, I. 17. 

Glover, Thomas, letter from Samuel Sew- 
all to, I. 31. 

Godolphin, Sidney (Lord), death of, II. 9 
and note. 

Goffe, Mrs., Cambridge, death of, 1725, 
II. 190. 

Goldwire, John, Sr., Baddesly, Eng., I. 
110, 114. Mentioned, II. 5, 24. 

Goldwire, Rev. John, Jr., preached at 
Rumsey, I. 156, 164, 333; II. 38. 

Goldwire, Mrs. John, I. 156. 

Gooch, Capt. James, carries provisions to 
Wells, Me., I. 183. Chosen overseer of 
the poor, II. 222. 

Gooding, John, takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218. 

Goodwin, Dr. Thomas, I. 374. Quoted, 
II. 144, 155, 257. 

Goodwin, William Hadley, an epistle pos- 
sibly written by, II. 257. 

Goodrick, William, (Cor 1 . 1 ), his daughters 
legatees under Gov. Bellingham's will, 

Goodridge, Benjamin, mentioned, I. 124. 
His family sufferers from the French 
attack of 1690, 126. 

Gookin, , sheriff, Boston, I. 231. 

Gookin, Daniel, in list of names for nomi- 
nation as councillor, I. 1. 

Gookin, Rev. Daniel, letter from Samuel 
Sewall, I. 17, 20, note. Interested in 
conversion of the Indians, 101, note. 
Takes a deposition to be used in the 
litigation of Gov. Bellingham's will, 
101, note. Of Sherbourn, death of, and 
his character portrayed, II. 81. 

Gookin, John, son of Nathaniel, II. 267. 

Gookin, Nathaniel, Hampton, II. 267. 

Gorden, James, chosen constable, II. 

Gore, Capt., death of, at Spectacle Island, 
II. 301. 

Gospel of St. Luke, the, considered by 
Samuel Sewall, II. 48. 

Gouge, , " publish'd " a treatise on the 

calling of tlie Jews, II. 201, note. 

Gough, Mr., II. 16. 

Gourding, a mariner, I. 109. 

Governor's Commission, how published 
in Boston in 1715, II. 50, note. 

Gray, William, signs letter concerning 
Rev. James McSparran, II. 120. 

Grazilliere, John, commander of the 
" William and Mary," I. 286. 

Grealy, Jonathan, of Salisbury, men- 
tioned, I. 186. 

Great Barrington, Mass., origin of the 
name, II. 60, note. 

Grecian Church, Samuel Sewall desires 
the enlightenment of the, II. 80. 

Green, , cousin, a son born to, II. 299. 

Green, ,* Conn., carries sermons to 

Gov. Saltonstall from Samuel Sewall, 
II, 140, 174. 

Green, Mr., New London, mentioned, II. 

Green, Bartholomew, witness to deed, I. 
200. Mentioned as printer, II. 175, 
note. His first News-Letter sent to 
Capt. Pepperrel by Samuel Sewall, 

Green, Bartholomew, Jr., witness to a 
lease, II. 241. 

Green, Mrs. Bartholomew, wife of the 
printer, death of, II. 295. 

Green, Mrs. Jane, mentioned, II. 74, 242. 

Green, Rev. Joseph, Salem Village (now 
included in Danvers), death of, II. 51. 

Green, Nathaniel, chosen representative, 
II. 224. 

Green, Nathaniel, Capt, commander of 
briganteen " Freindship," 1. 3, 27. Letter 
of Samuel Sewall consigning goods to 
him, 112. Mentioned, II. 4, 10. Mem- 
orandum of, concerning a certain post 
on Samuel Sewall's land, 227. 

Green, Dr. S. A., an address of, II. 25, 
note. His Groton Hist. Series men- 
tioned, 32, note. 

Green, Timothy, mentioned, II. 31. 

Greenwood, Capt, Samuel, chosen over- 
seer of the poor, II. 222. 

Grenvil, Sir Bevil, governor to Barba- 
does, I. 277. 

Grew, Nehemiah, mentioned by Samuel 
Sewall, 1. 116. A book written by, 261. 

Gridley, Jeremiah, bearer for Mrs. Sam- 
uel Sewall, Jr., II. 320. 

Griffin, Mr., Roxbury, death of, 1714, II. 

Griggs, Joseph, death of, II. 299. 

Gross, Mrs., takes sand from Cotton Hill, 
I. 218. 

Groton, Mass., II. 196. 

Grove, Madam Tryphena, Eng., II. 79. 
A treatise dedicated to her by Mrs. 
Bridget Usher, 94. Articles sent to, 
by Samuel Sewall, 151. Samuel Sew- 
all's regret at destroving some letters 
written by, 158. Dearth of, 204. 

Grundy, Robert, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, desiring to send him on Indian ex- 
pedition, I. 91, 92, note. 

Guadaloop, I. 340. 

Guy, Mr., bookseller, London, I. 116,248. 

Gwin, Thomas, mariner, I. 109. 


Habeas Corpus, an act of, I. 335. 

Hadley case, the, Samuel Sewall's opin- 
ion on, II. 173. 

Haines, David, Sudbury, letter of Samuel 
Sewall, Jr., to, concerning the appraise- 
ment of certain farms, II. 283, 284. 

Hall, Mr., England, Samuel Sewall's obli- 
gation to, I. 96. 



Hall, Capt., York, Me., I. 188. 

Hale, , cousin, death of his infant 

son, I. 390. Mentioned, II. 102. 

Hale, Mr., England, I. 82,380. 

Hale, Mr , niece married, II. 104. 

Hale, Arthur, takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218. 

Hale, Rev. James, Ashford, the recipient 
of eight pounds, II. 206, 218. 

Hale, Rev. Moses, at Byfield, I. 296, 374. 
Letter and presents from Samuel Sew- 
all, II. 70. 

Hallawell, Benjamin, a captive in Algier, 
I. 77. Concerning his redemption, 91. 

Halsey, John, escape from Algiers, I. 

Hamhleton, Mrs., II. 265. 

Hambleton, Mary, II. 275. 

Hamilton, Duke of, duel of, II. 17 and 

Hamilton, Walter, Governor of St. Chris- 
tophers, II. 24. 

Hammerden, mariner, II. 268. 

Hammond, Capt., at Kittery, Me., 1. 184. 

Hammond, Maj., I 341. 

Hampton, John, a Presbyterian preacher 
imprisoned, I. 11, 12, note. 

Hannah, Robert, a tenant of Samuel 
Sevvall, at Pettaquamscot, I. 40, 106. 

Harcourt, Lord Chancellor, trustees ap- 
pointed by. to administer on Edward 
Hopkins legacy to Harvard College, II. 
29 and note. 

Hardy, Rev. Mr., England, I. 24. 

Harris, , mariner, I. 48, 49, 55, 189. 

Harris, Dr., quoted, II. 113. 

Harris, Rev. Henry, assistant at Queen's 
Chapel, Boston, in 1712, I. 420. 

Harvard College, contributions made to, 
in the year 1672, I. 20, note. Gift of 
real estate to, from Samuel Sewall, 26, 
note. Lord Bellomont's influence de- 
sired in regard to a charter for, 241. 
Receives one hundred pounds from the 
estate of Madam Usher through Rev. 
Thomas Cotton, II. 217. Also one 
hundred pounds for the library, 217. 
Receipt of one hundred pounds from 
the estate of Madam Usher, signed by 
Edward Hutchinson, treasurer of, 225, 
226. Rev. Joseph Sewall chosen Presi- 
dent of, 305. 

Harvey, John, signs letter concerning 
Rev. James McSparran, II. 120. 

Harvey, John, Jr., signs letter concerning 
Rev. James McSparran, II. 120. 

Harvey, Thomas, signs letter concerning 
Rev. James McSparran, II. 120. 

Harwood, Thomas, contributes provisions 
to sufferers at Kittery, Me., I. 5. 

Hat in Hand, Algate, a London Inn, I. 27, 
74, 90. 

Hatsell, Laurence, London, I. 250. 

llathorne, John, in list of names for nomi- 
nation of councillor, I. 2. Concerning 
Philip Read the Blasphemer, 366. 

Haugh, , deacon, takes sand from 

Cotton Hill, I. 218. 

Haugh, Atherton, chosen deputy to Gen- 
eral Court, II. 38, note. 

Haugh, Sam, mentioned, I. 111. 

Hawkins, Mrs., sister to John Ayre, I. 
96, 98. 

Hawkins, Mrs. Esther, London, I. 365. 

Hawkins, Hannah, England, I. 365. 

Hawks, Mrs., London, I. 405. 

Havvley, , bearer of letters for Samuel 

Sewall, I. 88. 

Hayden, Ebenezer, a bond given to Sam- 
uel Sewall, I. 121. 

Haynes, Henry W., I. 317, note. 

Hayter, Thomas, merchant, London, I. 

Haywood, Anthony, letter of Samuel 
Sewall concerning his redemption 
money, I. 284. 

Hazard, Thomas, Kingston, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, I. 327. In contro- 
versy with George Mumford, II. 71. 
Concerning land at Point Judith sold 
by Samuel Sewall to, 318. 

Hazzen, , surveyor of the boundary 

line between Massachusetts and New 
Hampshire, II. 125, note. 

Henchman, Capt. Daniel, Worcester, I. 
314. Samuel Sewall in account with 
his heirs, 341. 

Henchman, Mrs. Daniel (Mary), men- 
tioned, I. 341. Leases a tenement from 
Samuel Sewall, 342. Her indebtedness 
to Sewall for rent, and unkind treat- 
ment of him, 344. 

Henchman, Hezekiah, I. 341. Leases a 
tenement from Samuel Sewall, 342. 

Henchman, Nathaniel, witness to deed, I. 
200. Desires to purchase a tenement 
from Samuel Sewall, 343. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall and William Welsteed 
to, concerning his indebtedness to the 
estate of Madam Usher, II. 153. His 
claim against the estate of Madam 
Usher, 154. The question of his indebt- 
edness to Madam Usher's estate put to 
arbitration, 205. 

Henchman, Richard, made verses to Sam- 
uel Sewall, I. 290 and note. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, 293. Biographical 
sketch of, 314, note. Translation of 
Latin verses written by Rev. Nehemiah 
Hobart to Samuel Sewall, 316. 317. 
Mentioned, 341. Letter to Samuel 
Sewall wishing to buy a house, 342. 
Death of, II. 182. 

Henry VIII., his marriage with Katharine 
Howard, I. 369; II. 19. 

Henry, Philip, author of annotations, II. 
11, note. His Exposition of the Bible, 

Hedman, Mr., sails for England, II. 191. 

Herod, mentioned, II. 201, note. 

Herrick, Mrs., concerning certain money 
due her, I. 234. 



Herrick, Joseph, engaged in church con- 
troversy at Salem, I. 15. 
Hewit, Capt., II. 20. 

Hey wood, Anthony, at Salle'e, Morocco, 
I. 156. Concerning his redemption 
money, 157. Concerning his redemp- 
tion from captivity, 205, 271. 
Higginson, Capt, I. 60. 

Higginson, , cousin, II. 264. 

Higginson, Rev. Francis, I. 215, note. 

Higginson, Henry, settlement of his es- 
tate, I. 27, 74. Death of, 74. 

Higginson, J., demands Hog Island of Sam- 
uel Sewall, I. 127. Mentioned, II. 103. 

Higginson, Hon. John, merchant of Salem, 
I. 121. Brother of Nathaniel, 216, note. 
Appointed commissioner, 311. Trustee 
of the Edward Hopkins legacy, II. 29. 
Death of, 112. 

Higginson, John, Jr., death of, II. 299. 

Higginson, Mrs. John, I. 326. 

Higginson, Rev. John, son of Rev. Fran- 
cis, I. 100, note, 215, note. His inter- 
est in the sermon of Mr. Noyes, 216. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 325. Men- 
tioned, II. 65. 

Higginson, Mrs. Margaret, II. 270. 

Higginson, Nathaniel, biographical notice 
of, I. 214, note. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, 214, 248, 299, 321, 333. 
Urged to return to New England by 
Samuel Sewall, 216, 248, 256. Samuel 
Sewall desires that he be made Gov- 
ernor, 359. Death of, mentioned, 359, 
note. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, con- 
cerning the removal of Governor Dud- 
ley, 360. Death of, at London, 382. 

Higginson, Mrs. Nathaniel, I. 217. 

High Field, the, at Newbury, a mortgage 
on, II. 172. 

Hill, General, in command of the Canada 
expedition, II. 296. 

Hill, Henry, I. 161. 

Hill, James, witness to deed, I. 69, note. 

Hill, Joseph, mariner, I. 185. 

Hilton, Col., death of, I. 396. 

Hinckley, Gov. Thomas, writer of an ad- 
dress to King James, I. 60, note. 

Hinsdell (Hinsdal), Ebenezer, baptism of, 

I. 329 and note. 

Hirst, Grove, owner of the barque "Olive 
Branch," I. 133. Married Elizabeth 
Sewall, 213, note. Son-in-law of Sam- 
uel Sewall, 246, 313, 336. Mentioned, 

II. 4. Death of, mentioned, 75, 76, 79, 
85. Sermon on death of, by Mr. Col- 
man, 81. The indignation of Samuel 
Sewall at the exclusion of his orphans 
from their pew, 92. Buried in tomb of 
John Hull, 311. 

Hirst, Mrs. Grove (Elizabeth), child Eliz- 
abeth born to, I. 340. Her children, II. 
12, 181. Death of, 54, 56. Buried in 
tomb of John Hull, 311. 

Hirst, Hannah, daughter of Grove, mar- 
ries Nathaniel Balston, II. 254. 

Hirst, Hannah (cousin of Samuel Sewall, 
Jr.), admitted to Old South Church, II. 

Hirst, Jane, cousin, witness to deed, 1721, 
II. 136. Going to Newbury, 271. Ad- 
mitted to Old South Church, 307. 

Hirst, John, concerning his funeral ex- 
penses at Antigua, II. 114. 

Hirst, Mary, marries son of Sir William 
Pepperell, II. 146, 149. 

Hirst, Samuel, son of Grove, funeral men- 
tioned, I. 15. A Freshman at Harvard 
College, II. 107. Mentioned, 152. 
Going to London, February, 1723, 162. 
Death of, Jan. 14, 1726, 221. Buried 
in tomb of John Hull, 311. 

Hirst, William, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, I. 375; II. 51. Imprisoned for the 
funeral expenses of his brother John, 

Hirst, William, son of Grove, birth of, II. 

Hirst, William, son of Grove (second of 
the name), II. 311. 

"History of a Title," by U. H. Crocker, 
I. 225, note. 

Hitchcock, David, Enfield, letter of Sam- 
uel Sewall to, II. 50. 

Hoar, Bridget, daughter of Mrs. Usher, I. 
100, note. Married Rev. Thomas Cot- 
ton, London, 138. 

Hoar, Leonard, president of Harvard 
College, I. 20, note. Death of, 226. 
Mentioned, II. 94, 150, 226. 

Hoar, Mrs. Leonard (Bridget), marries 
Hezekiah Usher, Jr., I. 138, note. 

Hoar, Tryphena, II. 150. 

Hobart, Mrs., Newton, death of, I. 415. 

Hobart, Rev. Nehemiah, writes some 
verses in Latin to Samuel Sewall, I. 
315. Composes Latin verses, 388. 
Verses mentioned, II. 6, 8, 104, 175. 
Death of, 13. 

Hobby, Sir Charles, I. 412 and note. 

Hog Island, purchase of, by Samuel Sew- 
all, I. 68, 69, note. History of, 68, note. 

Hoit, , widow, return from captivity 

in Canada, I. 329. 

Holbrook, John, of Sherbourn, Mass., I. 

Holbrook, Thomas, of Sherbourn, Mass., 
I. 284. 

Holder, Dr., a treatise by, concerning 
time, I. 261. 

"Holiness of Heaven," sermon by Rev. 
Nehemiah Walter, II. 211. 

Holman, Mrs. Ann, death of, II. 299. 

Holman, John, a soldier at Albany, I. 

Holt, Henry, Andover, I. 312. 

Holt, Oliver, a tenant of Samuel Sew- 
all, I. 312. 

Holyoke, Mr., his almanack, II. 36. Con- 
tains lines by Samuel Sewall on the 
Proclamation of King George, 39 and 
note, 131. 



Holyoke, Elizur, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, I. 133. 

Holyoke, John, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, I. 358. 

Holyoke, Thomas D.D., dictionary of, II. 

Homes, Rev. William, Martha's Vine- 
yard, concerning the education of In- 
dian youths, II. 57. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, accompanied hy a Bible, 126. 
Sermons of, 127, 131. Sermon on 
" Reading the Scriptures," 175, 182. 

Homes, Mrs. William, II. 127. 

Hook, Francis, mentioned, I. 42. 

Hooker, Rev. Thomas, his '' Survey of the 
Sum of Church Discipline," 1048, II. 

" Hope," ship, Capt. Everden, command- 
er, I. 166, 169. 

" Hopewell," the ketch, I. 3, 4, 111. 

Hopkins, Edward, trustees appointed by 
Lord Chancellor Harcourt to adminis- 
ter on his legacy to Harvard College, 
II. 29 and note. An epistle written 
by, 257. 

Hopkinton, Mass , mentioned, II. 57. 
Named for Governor Hopkins, 257. 

Horn, Madam Katherine, receives a ser- 
mon from Samuel Sewall, II. 270. 

House of Commons, speaker of, II. 170. 

Household articles, list of, to be bought 
for Judith Sewall, II. 105. 

How, James, letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
II. 227. Married to Margaret Gates, 

How, Thomas, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, II. 95. 

Howard, Lord Edmund, I. 369. 

Howard, Katharine, Dr. Fuller quoted 
concerning her marriage with Henry 
VIII., 1.369. 

Howe, John, dissenter to King's Declara- 
tion, I. 54, note. 

Howe, Dr. Estes, locates the homestead 
in which Samuel Sewall lived, I. 159, 
note; II. 176, note. 

Howell, Henry, mentioned, II. 216. In 
account with Samuel Sewall, 248. 

Howell, William, cabinet-maker, II. 248. 

Howland, Samuel, town-clerk at Bristol, 
171!), II. 101. 

Hubbard, Jeremiah, Hempsted, L. I., I. 

Hubbard, John, mentioned, I. 70, note. 
His daughter sick with the small-pox, 
97. Sails for England, 1699, 211. In 
England, 277. 

Hubbard, Samuel, son of Jeremiah, I. 50. 

Hubbard, Thomas, bearer for Samuel 
Sewall, Jr., II. 320. Bearer for Mrs. 
Samuel Sewall, Jr., 320. 

Hughs, Mr., Plymouth, II. 37. 

Hull, ("apt., mentioned, I. 32, 42. 

Hull, Edward, London, goods consigned to, 
I. 3, 27, 2!). Letters from Samuel Sewall 
to, 32, ^o, 44, 46, 53, 67, 85, 118, 122, 131, 

133, 141, 152, 156, 159, 166, 169, 191, 202, 
205, 234, 235, 258, 363. Letter from Sam- 
uel Sewall enclosing bill of exchange 
from Humphry Davie, 38. Concerning 
bill of exchange, 74, 112, 153. Con- 
cerning goods sent by Samuel Sewall, 
89, 90. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
with bill of lading for silver and bags 
of gold dust, 92. Mentioned, 116. 
Holds land in trust for Madam Belling- 
ham, 159, 219 and note. Letter of Ste- 
phen Sewall to, 234. 

Hull, John, one of the purchasers of 
Point Judith, I. 25, note. Father-in- 
law of Samuel Sewall, 43. Account of 
Peter Bulkley with estate of, 111. 
Mentioned, 158. Concerning the settle- 
ment of the Henchman estate, 341. 
Death mentioned, II. 10. Owned 
Little Point Judith, 71. Memorandum 
taken from his pocket-book, 309. 
Account of persons buried in his tomb, 

Hull, Mrs. John (Judith), I, 25, note. 
Sends silver wine cup to Nicholas Par- 
cel, 50. Illness of, 152. Death of, 
156. Taken sick of small-pox, II. 30 J. 
Buried in John Hull's tomb, 310. 

Hull, Robert, memorandum from his 
grave-stone, II. 308. 

Hull, Samuel, baptized, 1661, II. 309. 

Hunlock, Edward, I. 218. 

Hunnywell, Richard, takes sand from 
Cotton Hill, I. 218. 

Hunt, Mr., I. 376. 

Hunt, John, chosen select-man, II. 222. 

Hunt, Mrs. Judith, II. 186. 

Hunt, Thomas, turner, I. 124. 

Hunting, Mrs., Charlestown, wants an 
Indian boy for servant, II. 23. 

Hutchins, Thomas, II. 297. 

Hutchinson, Maj. Elisha, I. 129. Sails 
in expedition to Port Royal, 349. 

Hutchinson, Capt. Edward, I. 97. Leased 
land at Winnisimmet, 103, note. Pas- 
tures his horse there, 103, note. Men- 
tioned, 373. The effects of the corpo- 
ration for propagating the Gospel to 
be delivered to, II. 169. Treasurer of 
Harvard College, 226. Chosen treas- 
urer, 242. 

Hutchinson, Eliakim, chosen Commis- 
sioner, I. 311. Trustee of the Edward 
Hopkins legacy, II. 29. 

Hutchinson, Elisha, in list of names for 
nomination as councillor, I 2. Sale of 
land to, by Samuel Sewall, 37. Sails 
for London, 68. Letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, 123. Death of, mentioned, II. 79. 

Hutchinson, Madam Elisha, buried, II. 16. 

Hutchinson, Em., interested in the ketch 
" Fidelity," I. 64, 75. 

Hutchinson, Ezekiel, a business arrange- 
ment with Samuel Sewall, I. 42. 

Hutchinson, Thomas, II 103. 

Hutchinson, Capt. Thomas, his daughter 



married, II. 265. On committee to 

call Rev. Benj. Wadsworth as President 

of Harvard College, 306. Bearer for 

Samuel Sewall, Jr., 320. 
Hutchinson, William, letter from Samuel 

Sewall to, I. 37, 46, 48, 111. Death of, 

from small-pox, II. 302 
Hyde, Edward, Lord Cornbury, I. 356 

and note. 
Hypochondria, letter of Christian Lodo- 

wick on its symptoms, treatment, etc. 

II. 25-29. 


Ilsley, W., II. 296. 

Imports, list of, to Boston, in 1688, 1. 4. 

Imports, by Samuel Sewall, I. 32, 34, 64, 

75, 78, 96, 129, 137, 299, 312, 338, 384 ; 

II. 37, 105, 161. 
Inches, Thomas, chosen constable, II. 

Indenture made between Samuel Sewall, 

Jr., and Rebecca his wife, and Paul 

Dudley, etc., II. 312. 
" India Christiana," a tract, by Rev. In- 
crease Mather, II. 137, 175. 
Indian corn and bread-stuffs cut off in 

New England, I. 165. 
Indian ministers, ordained, II. 127. 
Indian war, the continuance of, I. 208. 
Indians, Samuel Sewall's ideas of mission- 

Iary work among the, I. 232. A pro- 
posal to put them on reservations, 232 
and note. Efforts of Rev. John Eliot 
and the Mayhews among the, 232, note. 
Removal from Woodstock to Concord, 
N. H., 240. Money allowed for mis- 
sionary work among the, 250. Invasion 
at Dunstable, Mass., 333. Samuel 
Sewall sends money for missionary 
work among the, 353. Letter of Sam- 
uel Sewall on the propagation of the 
Gospel among the Indians, 400. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall on the printing 
of the Bible for them, 401, 402. Ken- 
nebec, in controversy with the English 
concerning the boundary of lands, II. 
109. Extract of a letter from Rev. Sol- 
omon Stoddard concerning, 131. Ken- 
nebeck, the, 140. Letter of Samuel 
Partridge on compromising with the 
Eastern, 142. Respecting their na- 
tional interests after conversion, 155. 
Mr. Stoddard's discourse on gospelizing 
the, 160. Kennebeck, slaughter of, 174. 
Attack Deerfield, 319. 
"Industry," ship, II. 268. 
Inwood, Hannah, II. 116. 
Inwood, John, married Hannah Balston, 

II. 62. 
Invoices of goods shipped by Samuel 

Sewall to London, etc., I. 2, 29. 
Ipswich, the building of the meeting- 
house at, II. 159. 

Irish, Samuel Sewall's desire for the con- 
version of the, II. 127. 

Iron, bill to prevent the making of, II. 

Isle of Wight, I. 42. 

Ive, John, merchant of London, Eng.,I. 8, 
28, 116. Letters of Samuel Sewall to, 34, 
38, 45, 49, 76, 91, 116, 128, 137, 168, 204, 
206, 211, 219, 226, 234, 248, 271, 286. 
Concerning a bill of exchange for Sam- 
uel Sewall, 92. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, concerning the bequest of William 
Needham to his brother, 119. Concern- 
ing payment of Thomas Needham's 
legacy, 130. Letter and bill of exchange 
from Samuel Sewall in behalf of Alge- 
rian captives, 157. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall concerning the captives in Alge- 
ria, 200 and note. Death of his son, 
204. Letter of Stephen Sewall to, 233. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, concerning 
the redemption money of James Bull, 
278, 281. 


Jackson, Jonathan, chosen overseer of 

the poor, II. 222. 
Jacobs, Mrs. Sarah, her charges against 

Rev. James McSparran, II. 98. 
Jacobs, Thomas, skipper, I. 273. 
Jaffrey, George, Newcastle, N. H, a dis- 
tich composed by Samuel Sewall in 
memory of, 1707, I. 350 and note. 
Jaffrey, George, Portsmouth, letter of 

Samuel Sewall to, 1721, II. 134. 
Jamaica, W. I., I. 3. In trade with Bos- 
ton in 1688, 4. 
James II. proclaimed King, I. 2. Decla- 
ration for Liberty of Conscience by, 53, 
note. Mentioned, 94. 
Janeway, William, merchant in New 

York, I. 265. 
Jeffries, David, lost at sea, II. 63 and note. 

Jefferies, , Jr., bearer for Madam 

Willoughby, II. 306. 
Jekyl, Mr., pays money due to Samuel 
Sewall, II. 35. Bearer to David Stod- 
dard, 149. 

Jenkins, , his vessel taken, I. 381. 

Jeremiah Allen, II. 135. 

Jerusalem, Samuel Sewall's ideas as to 

the rebuilding of, I. 300. 
Jewet, Justice, death of, mentioned, II. 

Jews, in America, treatise on, by Dr. 
Thorowgood, I. 22. Samuel Sewall in- 
quires of Jeremiah Dummer concerning 
their jubilee, religion, etc., 268. Es- 
says by Samuel Stow for the conver- 
sion of the, 299, 300. Mr. Willard's 
sermon on the conversion of, II. 145. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to Gov. Wil- 
liam Burnet on the, 154, 156, note. 
Their gathering together and conver- 
sion assured, 197. Dr. Owen quoted 



concerning their conversion, 198. They 
expect a Messiah to come, 198. Treat- 
ise on the calling of the, published by 
Gouge, 201, note. Samuel Sewall takes 
a rainbow seen by him as a token of 
Christ's covenant for the, 248. Bax- 
ter's publication against the national 
conversion of the, 254. Cotton Ma- 
ther's views concerning the conversion 
of, 203. 

"Jews of Berlin," a tract, II. 89. 

"John and Peter," ship, I. 371. 

John, Earl of Bridgewater, mentioned, 
I. 17. 

John, Earl of Marlborough, mentioned, 
I. 17. 

John, Viscount Lonsdale, mentioned, 1. 17. 

Johnson, Capt., death of, 1090, 87 years 
old, I. 116. 

Johnson, William, in list of names men- 
tioned for nomination as councillor, 

I. 2. 

Jolls, Thomas, sea captain, I. 30, 33. 

Jones, Abraham, part-owner of the ketch 
" Endeavour," 1. 67 ; II. 94. 

Jones, Isaac, concerning goods for Israel 
Chauncey, I. 181. 

Jones, Roger, signs a bill of exchange, I. 

Jones, Thomas, part-owner of the ketch 
" Endeavour," I. 67. 

Jones, William, New Haven, letter from 
Samuel Sewall to, I. 136. 

"Joseph Sold," a tract bv Samuel Sewall, 
1.257, 200, 322; II. 39. 

" Joseph, The vindication of," by Samuel 
Sewall, II. 14, 15. 

Joseph of the Old Testament, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to Rev. Cotton Mather 
concerning his opinion on, II. 15. 

"Joseph," galley cast away on coast of 
Ireland, I. 104, note. 

Jubilee Year (1700), in Roman Catholic 
Church, I. 220. 

Jubilee Year, the, (1716), the prophecies 
of Joseph Mede for, II. 78. Prophe- 
cies concerning the, 83. 

" Judas the Traitor," treatise by Mr. 
Moodey, II. 32, 34. 

Judd, Roger, warning to quit his house 
sent by Samuel Sewall, I. 209. 

Judge, , death of, 1088, I. 82. 

Judges of Superior Court, letter of Sam- 
uel Sewall to, II. 173. 

Judges of the Provinces, the affair be- 
tween the officers of Admiralty and, 

II. 210. 

Junius, Franciscus, his translation of the 
Old Testament, II. 199 and note. 

Kay, Mrs. Lydia, I. 98. Witness to a 
paper, 114. House-keeper for Samuel 
Sewall, II 133. Mentioned, 301. 

Kay, Mary, a witness, I. 28. 
" Katherine," ship, I. 46. 
Keech, John, letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
. I. 154. 
Keats, Richard, takes sand from Cotton 

Hill, I. 218. 
Keayne, Capt. Robert, donation towards 

public library in Boston in 1653, I. 422, 

Keeling, Capt., II. 4, 10, 39. 

Kein, , mariner, I. 158. 

Keith, , I. 82. 

Keith, G., I. 272. 

Kellond, Mrs., I. 31. 

Kellond, Thomas, death of, I. 31. 

Kent, Capt., I. 424. 

Kent, John, his bill with Samuel Sewall, 

I. 70. Mariner, Newbury, 110. 
Kersteed, Lucas, bearer of books to New 

York from Samuel Sewall, I. 257. 
Keyes, Capt. John, Shrewsbury, II. 227 

242. Letter of Samuel Sewall to 

Kibbe, Joshua, Sherbourn, mentioned, I 

283. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, II 

228. His farm to be appraised, 279. 
Kidd, Capt. William, the pirate, I. 216 

note. Sent, with his associates, to Eng 

land, 220 and note. 
Kilcup, William, witness to wili of Gov 

ernor Bellingham, I. 10. 
Kimberly, Eleazer, letter of Samuel Sew 

all to, I. 191. 
King Charles II., proclaimed at Boston 

II. 309. 

King George, proclamation of, II. 35, 
Proclaimed in Boston, 39, note. Men 
tioned, 185. 

King James, his imprisonment of Gouge 
for his treatise on the calling of the 
Jews, II. 201, note. 

King William, his army in Ireland, I. 94. 
Address of the Massachusetts colony 
to, 145, note. Address of Gov. Simon 
Bradstreet to, 146, note. His relations 
with Louis XIV., 220. 

King of Spain, the death of, I. 250. 

King, Mr., carries a parcel for Samuel 
Sewall, II. 221. 

King, Mrs., Boston, II. 300. 

King, Sir Peter, I. 423 and note. 

" King Fisher," the admiral's ship, I. 38, 
note, 44. 

Kingston, R. I., I. 25, note. The min- 
isterial farm at, II. 114. 

Kitchen, Robert, money sent him by 
Samuel Sewall, I. 141. 

Kittery, Me., provisions sent to, I. 5. A 
lumber station, 43, note. 

Knight, Joseph, son of Mrs. Rebecca, II. 

Knight, Mrs. Rebecca, II. 112. Death 
of, 246. 




Lake, Thomas, his interest in some saw- 
mills, I. 251. 

Lamb, Col., death of his son, II. 303. 

Lamb, Mr., Roxbury, II. 104. 

Lamb, Joshua, fall and death of, on Com- 
mencement Day, II. 803. 

Lambert, Mr., II. 242. 

Lambert, Michael, Governor of St. Chris- 
topher's Island, II. 25. 

Land, concerning the boundary of, be- 
tween the English and Kennebec In- 
dians, II. 109. 

Lane, Andrew, chosen constable, II. 222. 

Lane, Elizabeth, a witness, I. 28. 

Lane, Henry, a nephew of Sir William 
Ashurst, II. 9, 16, 21, 22. 

Lane, Thomas, merchant, of London, I. 

"Lark," briganteen, I. 351. 

Larnell, B., death of, II. 40. 

Lasson, George, commander of the " Two 
Brothers," I. 48, 91. 

Latin quotations, 1. 110, 150, 163, 172, 175, 
193, 197, 245, 269, 290, 303, 314, 317, 318, 
336, 337, 342, 353, 357, 361, 372, 379, 380, 
381, 387, 397, 399, 400 ; II. 30, 34, 35, 36, 
39, note, 40, 41, 42, 48, 55, 59, 74, 83, 84, 
87, 97, 104, 105, 123, 124, 127, 130, 137, 
139, 145, 146, 152, 165, 174, 190, 193, 200, 
215, 230, 234, 244, 273, 274. 

Latin Verses, I. 245, 314, 315. Dedicated 
to Col. Francis Nicholson, 899. By 
Samuel Sewall in memory of his sister, 
Jane Hurst, and others, II. 84. (See 
also Distichs and Verses.) 

Leader, Capt., commands the king's ship, 
I. 205. 

Lechniere, Mr., bearer to David Stod- 
dard, II. 149. 

Lee, Mr., mentioned, I. 106. 

Lee, Rev. Mr., " Triumph of Faith," ser- 
mon by, II. 260. " Triumph of Mercy," 
a sermon, 269. 

Leeward Isles, in trade with Boston in 
1688, I. 4. 

Legal notice, concerning a mill on Ne- 
ponset River, II. 8. 

Legislature of Massachusetts, its action 
concerning the boundary line of Massa- 
chusetts and New Hampshire, II. 125, 
note. Speech of Rev. Charles Chaun- 
cey concerning, 236, note. 

Leicester, Earl of, II. 309. 

Leigh, Mr., I 297. 

Leland, Ebenezer, carries a letter for 
Samuel Sewall, II. 228. 

Lending Library, Samuel Sewall does not 
approve of it, but gives forty shillings 
for a kindred object, II. 208. 

Letter of recommendation written for 
Joseph Marion by Samuel Sewall, II. 

Leverett, John, in expedition to Port 
Royal,-I. 349. 

Leverett, John (Deputy-Gov.), witness to 
will of Governor Bellingham, I. 11. 
Isaac Addington buried in tomb of, II. 

Leverett, John, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, I. 156. President of Harvard Col- 
lege, 356. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
concerning the giving of degrees, 396. 
Trustee of the Edward Hopkins legacy, 
II. 29. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
asking payment of his account, 96. 
Death of, 166, 305. Funeral sermons 
on, 305. 

Lewis, Ezekiel, chosen representative, II. 

Lewis, James, concerning his debt to 
Thomas Bannister, I. 167, 170. 

License, a, to preach, I. 13. 

Licensing acts, expiration of, in England, 
I. 202, note. 

Lidgett, Col., burial of his mother, I. 69. 

Lilly, Capt. Thomas, I. 331. His case 
tried in General Court, 333. 

Liman, Elder, II. 275. 

Limerick, Lord, concerning Gay Head 
Neck, I. 871. See Dungan, Thomas. 

Lincoln, Gov. Levi, of Massachusetts, 
concerning the boundary line between 
Massachusetts and New Hampshire, II. 
125, note. 

Lind, Simeon, death of, I. 69. 

Lindon, Augustin, witness to will of Gov- 
ernor Bellingham, I. 10. 

Linton, Mary, I. 130. 

Lisle, Lady, 1723, portrait of, II. 151. 

Lisle, France, siege and surrender of, I. 
378 and note. 

Lithered, Capt. Thomas, II. 159, 207, 224, 

Little, Good wife, I. 24. 

Little, Rev. Mr., ordained at Plymouth in 
1699, I. 212. 

Little, Capt. Isaac, Pembroke, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, II. 245. 

Little, Robert, bearer of letter to Samuel 
Sewall, I. 107. 

Littleton, Judge, quoted, II. 74. 

Lloyd, Mrs., Bishop's-Gate, London, I. 78, 
98. Sewall's remembrance of a visit to 
her, II. 204. 

Lloyd, Edward, London, concerning an 
invoice, I. 63. 

Lodovick, Christian, his letter to Increase 
Mather mentioned, II. 25, note. Let- 
ter to Samuel Sewall (?) on Hypochon- 
dria, its symptoms, treatment, etc., 25- 
29. Recommends drinking boiled water 
as a cure for certain distempers, 28. 

" London Criticks," a book, I. 422. 

"London Gazette," a newspaper, called 
at first the " Oxford," I. 16 and note. 

London, in trade with Boston in 1688, 
I. 4. 

London, Lord Bishop of, II. 185. 

"London Mercury," newspaper, I, 202, 



Longfellow, Stephen, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, II. 172. In litigation with 
Abraham and Anne Adams, 172. 

Longfellow, " Brother " William, his in- 
tention of going to England, I. 38. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to, concerning his 
money affairs in England, 50. Coming 
home from England, 61. Home from 
England, 70. Death of, mentioned, 114. 
Drowned at sea, 117. 

Longfellow, Mrs. VVilliam (Anne), sister 
of Samuel Sewall, I. 39, 51. 

Longfellow, William, England, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, I. 117. 

Lonsdale, John, Lord, keeper of privy 
seal, I. 17. 

Lord, Mr., merchant at Antigua, I. 33. 
Death of, 33. 

Lord, Joseph, of Carolina, I. 273, 408. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 324. 

Lord, Rev. Joseph, Chatham, the recipient 
of eight pounds, II. 206, 218. 

Lord Chamberlain, II. 170. 

Lord Chancellor, II. 170. 

Lord President, II. 170. 

Lord's Supper, an innovation in the cele- 
bration of, in Boston churches, II. 123. 

Lordiine, a dunce, its etymology discussed 
by Sewall, I. 18 ; also 20, note. 

Loring, Jonathan, chosen assessor, II. 222. 

Lothrop, Thomas, carries parcel for Sam- 
uel Sewall, II. 34. 

Lotteries, Samuel Sewall desires to stop 
their progress, II. 102, 103. 

Louis XIV., revocation of the Edict of 
Nantes, I. 31, note. Mentioned as the 
French Pharaoh, 220. 

Love, John, merchant, London, letters of 
Samuel Sewall to, I. 237, 247, 259, 261, 
299, 337, 360, 384 ; II. 4, 52, 58. Men- 
tioned, 5, 44. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, sending for books, 10. 

Lovelace, Lord, comes as Governor to 
New York, I. 377 and note. How he 
may benefit Massachusetts, 380. Death 
of, 380. 

Lovelace, Lady, arrival in New York, I. 
377. In England, 386. 

Lovell, Capt., Barnstable, kills ten Indi- 
ans, II. 183. 

Loveridge, William, Amboy, East Jersey, 
concerning his debt to Samuel Sewall, 
I. 171. Mentioned, 244. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, about his mortgage, 
272. The amount of his mortgage to 
Samuel Sewall, 309. Death of, 309. 

Loveridge, Mrs. William, in account with 
Samuel Sewall, I. 347, 348, 349. 

Lowell, Rev. John, to be pastor at New- 
bury, II. 194. 

Lucas, John, leases Samuel Sewall's 
stable, II. 241. 

Lunt, mariner, I. 61, 63. 

Lydius, John, of Albany, money given 
him to assist his work among the Indi- 
ans, I. 250. Mentioned, 313. Money 

sent for his missionary labor among 
the Indians, 353. 

Lyford, Francis, freight paid to, I. 6. 

Lyle, Capt. Walter, I. 154. 

Lynde, Lieut-Col., I. 141. 

Lynde, Mr., concerning his farm in Sher- 
bourn, I. 283. 

Lynde, Judge Benjamin, mentioned, II. 
143, 190, 221. Poem by, 175. Mem- 
ber of council, 184. Verses by, men- 
tioned, 194. 

Lynde, Samuel, views certain land with 
Samuel Sewall, I. 159 and note. Jus- 
tice of Peace, II 315. 

u Lynn," ship, I. 17- 

Lyon, Henry, died at sea, II. 128. 

Lyon, Mrs. Henry (Elizabeth), Ports- 
mouth, N. H., II. 128. 

Lyra, Nicholas de, I. 294, note. 


Maccarty, Thomas, mariner, I. 158. Sup- 
posed to be lost at sea, 164. 

Macquerry, Archibald, of Charlestown, 
has a son born without arms, I. 268. 

Maintenon, Madame, mentioned, II. 137. 

Maintrue, , mariner, I. 157. 

Makemie, Francis, a Presbyterian preach- 
er, imprisoned, I. 11, 12, note. 

Maiden, Mass., I. 190. 

Malvin, Renold, II. 2-16. 

Man, Mrs. Esther, receives sermon, II. 

Man, Nathaniel, mariner, I. 36, 64, 66. In 
business service of Samuel Sewall, 42. 
Sewall fears that his ship is lost, 86. 

Man, Samuel, receives sermon from Sam- 
uel Sewall, II. 269. 

Manchester, Earl of (Charles Montagu), 

I. 251. note. 

Manly, William, takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218 

Maquas Indians, concerning their con- 
version, II. 155. 

March, Capt., I. 125. 

March, Maj., York, Me., I. 188. 

Marcouvius (Makouskv), mentioned, II. 

Marion, Edward, chosen constable, II. 

Marion, John, letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
concerning the diguing of a well, II. 

Marion, Joseph, I. 77. Letter of recom- 
mendation written by Samuel Sewall 
for, II. 261. 

Marlborough. Mass., II. 296. 

Marr, Rev. Mr , Wrentham. II. 43. 

Marriage, settlements, I. 279, note. Be- 
tween kindred and relatives, letter of 
Samuel Sewall concerning, 290, 352; 

II. 17. Among kindred, quotation from 
the Assembly's Annotations on, I. 292. 
Among Indians, 293. Of cousins Ger- 



man, the case of Katharine Howard 
quoted, 369. Of cousins German, act 
for allowance of, between, 370; II. 19. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to Mrs. Pease, 
on her marrying her brother-in-law, I. 

408. The law of England concerning, 

409. The case of Henry VIII. cited, 
409. Case of Gov. Blake of Carolina 
cited, 410. Laws of the Papists con- 
cerning, II. 19. Act for marriage of 
cousins German, 19. 

Marrit, John, concerning a bond, I. 121. 
Marsh, Jonathan, I. 375. Settled at 

Braintry, 381. 
Marshall, Capt., mentioned, I. 87. 
Marshall, Mr., treatise on "Pleading for 

the Cross," II. 161. 
Marshall, Rev. Samuel, Falmouth, II. 

Marshall, Thomas, merchant, Eng., I. 66, 

Marston, Benjamin, merchant of Salem, 

I. 121. 

Martha's Vineyard, I. 115. Concerning 
Lord Limerick's interest on, 422. 

Martin, , mariner, 1. 38, 95. 

"Mary," galley, II. 190. 

Mashapaog Pond, Dunstable, II. 195. 

Mashpaw Indians, ordination of minister 
for the, II. 127. 

Mason, Mr., mentioned, I. 116. 

Mason, Mrs., sister of John Holman, I. 

Mason, Capt., I. 206, 234, 258, 259, 321, 

Mason, Stephen, London, money paid to, 
on account of Mrs. Usher, I. 116. £50 
sent him by Samuel Sewall on account 
of the country's debt, 118. Cash paid 
to, on account of Mrs, Usher, 150. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to, 151. Samuel 
Sewall sends a tract to, 201. 

Mason's claim, controversy involving 
the boundary line between Massachu- 
setts and New Hampshire, II. 125 and 

Massachusetts Bay Company, concerning 
its land grants, I. 68, note. Issue of 
first colonial money by, 1690, 127, note 
Addresses of, to King William, 145, 
note. Severe sickness, drought, etc., 
195. The controversy involving the 
boundary line between New Hampshire 
and, II. 125 and note. 

Massachusetts and Connecticut, a divid- 
ing line suggested, I. 259. 

Massachusetts and New Hampshire, arti- 
cles of pacification between, II. 33, note. 

Mather, , grandfather to Rev. Sam- 
uel, of Windsor, anecdote concerning, 

II. 263. 

Mather, , widow of Dr., attended 

Madam Usher's funeral, II. 304. 
Mather, Madam, II. 139. 
Mather, Mr., Indian scalps sent to, 1. 113. 
Mather, Rev. Cotton, his account of the 

reception of the Declaration of Liberty 
of Conscience, I. 56, note. Mentioned, 
107. Letters of, to the Algerian cap- 
tives, mentioned, 200. Preached, 257. 
Letters of Samuel Sewall to, 263, 341 ; 

II. 3, 22, 151, 223. His ministrations 
to an Indian condemned to die, 276. 
His "Magnalia Christi Americana," 
295. Preaches on keeping the Sabbath, 
304. His book entitled " Baptists," 324. 
His " Antiphona " mentioned, 324. An 
answer to Mr. Stoddard, 372. Letter 
of Samuel Sewall to, concerning the 
works of Ovid, 372. Sermon on Mr. 
Cheever, mentioned, 374. Degree con- 
ferred upon him by University of Glas- 
gow, 411 and note Letter of Ephraim 
Savage to, on the Mock Sermon, II. 2. 
His sermon preached December 25, 
1712, criticised by Sewall, 15. Trustee 
of the Edward Hopkins legacy, 29. 
Tract, " Dying daily," 30. " On Mrs. 
Maria Mather," 31. His treatise on 
death of French king, and " Stone cut 
out of the Mountain," 53. Preached 
at Fast at New South Church, 64. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to, on death of his 
wife Hannah, 73. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, concerning an administration 
account, 111. Letter from Ninian Coch- 
ran and others to, concerning the min- 
isterial character of Rev. James Mc Spar- 
ran, 118. His son graduates at Harvard 
College, 151. Preaches a funeral ser- 
mon on his father, 157, note. Death 
of, mentioned, 242. Does not believe 
in the calling of the Jews, 263. At 
ordination, 297. Prayed at ordination 
of Rev. John Webb, 298. Preached at 
ordination of John Cotton, 298. At or- 
dination of James Allen, 300. Preached 
at Boston lecture, 303. Sermon on 
death of Rev. Peter Thatcher, 307, 

Mather, D. I., gives some verses to Sam- 
uel Sewall, I. 407. 

Mather, Eliakim, Port-Royal, goods con- 
signed to, I. 4. In account with Sam- 
uel Sewall for the ketch " Hopewell," 

III. Memorandum of letter to, 117, 
Mather, Rev. Increase, King James's re- 
mark to, on the subject of Liberty of 
Conscience, I. 55, note. Preaches on 
blessings arising from the " Declara- 
tion " of Liberty of Conscience, 55, note. 
His policy concerning King James's 
" Declaration," 56, note. His visit to 
England, 57, note. Presents addresses 
to King James II. 59, note. Letters of 
Samuel Sewall to, mentioned, 71, note. 
Departure for England, 81, note. Letter 
of Samuel Sewall to, 99. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, concerning needed 
defence against the French, 114. In 
England, as agent of the Massachusetts 
Colony, 143, note. President of Har 
vard College, 163. His sermons tran- 



scribed into Indian, 233 and note. A 
printed discourse on "Tithes" not 
being due for the support of the minis- 
try, 341 and note; II. 43. Letter of 
Samuel Sewail to, asking remem- 
brance in prayer, I. 390. Letter of 
Samuel Sewail to, eoncerning the Latin 
Grammar School, 391. Letter to Sam- 
uel Sewail on his declining to visit the 
Latin Grammar School, 393. Extract 
from letter of Sir William Ashurst to, 
411. Letter of Samuel Sewail to, con- 
cerning books sent to Sir William Ash- 
urst, II. 1 and note. His "Connecticut 
Prodigal," 14. Trustee of the Edward 
Hopkins legacy, 29. Discourse "on 
Maria Mather," 31. Letter of Samuel 
Sewail to, 58. Prayed at East at New 
South Church, 64. His " New Year's 
day," 97. Present of a ring from 
Samuel Sewail, 103. His "India Chris- 
tiana," 140. Enfeebled condition, 151 
and note. His grandson graduates at 
Harvard, 151. Euneral sermons on, 156, 
157 and note. Death of, 157, note, 304. 
His " Do thyself no Harm," 163. Gov- 
ernor Ashhurst sympathizes in his 
death, 169. A folio of Bishop Hall's 
works claimed by him, 205. Sermon, 
"The Crown of Old Age," 210. His 
" Boanerges," 232. His " Glory of 
Christ," 267. His sermon, " Mighty 
Saviour," 269. At ordination, 297. 

Mather, Dr. J., II. 31. 

Mather, Mrs. Jerusha, I. 392. 

Mather, Mrs. Maria, death of, 1714, II. 

Mather, Nathaniel, I. 116. 

Mather, Samuel, England, mentioned, I. 
117, 201, 392. Letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, recalling old scenes in England, 
II. 262. 

Mather, Samuel, Windsor, Conn., I. 25. 
Letter of Samuel Sewail, to, 374. Men- 
tioned, II. 4, 97. Goes to Newbury, 194. 
Letter of Samuel Sewail to, accompa- 
nied by presents, 209. Death of, 263. 

Mather, Warham, sends letter to Samuel 
Sewail, inclosing "a speech" in .oppo- 
sition to issuing more paper money, II. 

Matthews, Capt. Thomas, I. 331 ; II. 9. 

Maverick, Elias, his interest in Hog Island, 
I. 68, note. 

Maxwell, John, I. 331, 334. 

Mayhew, Rev. Experience, efforts of, 
among the Indians, I. 232, note. Men- 
tioned, 340. Memoranda of letters, II. 
126, 127, 163, 208, 232. Funeral sermon 
of A. S., 129, note. Sermons of, 131. 
Primers delivered to him by Samuel 
Sewail for use among Vineyard Indi- 
ans, 177. 

Mayhew, Mrs. Reliance, II. 44. 

Mayo, Deacon, bearer for Capt. Samuel 
Aspinwall, II. 307. 

Mayo, John, Eastham, letter of Samuel 
Sewail to, I. 94. 

McSparran, Rev. James, letter to the 
church and town of Bristol concern- 
ing charges brought against him, II. 98. 
Letter of Ninian Cochran and others to 
Rev. Cotton Mather, concerning the 
ministerial character of, 118. 

Mead (Mede), Joseph, his prophecies con- 
cerning the year 1716, II. 54. His ex- 
pectation of notable events in the 
Julian year, 65. Quoted, 156. Samuel 
Sewail commends a certain translation 
by him, 197. 

Meadows, Capt., death of, I. 101. 

Medford, accounts of Benjamin Wood- 
bridge for, I. 369. 

Meers, James, takes sand from Cotton 
Hill, I. 218. 

Mehetabel, an Indian girl, indicted for 
burning her master's house, I. 423. 

Meinzies, Mr., I. 251. 

Melyen, Abigail, married James Wood- 
mansey, then William Tilly, finally 
Samuel Sewail, II. 109. 

Memorial of Rev. Timothy Cutler and 
Rev. Samuel Myles to Gov. Dummer 
on the exclusion of the Episcopal 
church from a meeting of the churches, 
II. 184. 

Mercier, Andrew, French minister, his 
place of residence, II. 204. 

Merrill, Deacon, a petitioner of the 
Church of England, I. 416. 

Merrimac River, Samuel Sewall's verses 
on, mentioned, II. 104, 175. Its rise and 
extent, 129. Interest of Samuel Sew- 
all in the extent of the boundary-line 
formed by, 129, 130. Mentioned, 148. 

Merriwether, Christopher, London, I. 271, 

Messenger, Rev. Mr., II. 269. 

Micks, Rev. Stephen, Weathersfield, sale 
of certain books by, II. 52. 

Mico, John, merchant, Boston, I. 8, 111, 

Mighill, Mrs. Marv, sister of Caleb Wat- 
son, I. 118; II. 5. Death of, 50. 

Mighill, Mary, daughter of Mrs. Mighill, 
II. 5. 

Mill-Crick, Sewall's design to build a 
malt house at, I. 373. 

Milford Legacy, I. 157, 166. See Clark, 

Millar, Paul, freight paid to, I. 6. 

Mills, Madam, England., I. 90. 

Mills, Henry, concerning sand taken from 
Cotton Hill, I. 218. 

Milton, Edward, Sandwich, carpenter, let- 
ter of Samuel Sewail to, I. 62 and note, 
85. Builds the meeting-house at Sand- 
wich, 113. 

Milton, Mass., I. 103. 

Mince (Mence), Rev. Mr., England, I. 98; 
II. 204. 

Ministerial Lot, the, at " Pettaquamscot," 



R. I., II. 113. Confided to the care of 
Rowse Helms, 114. 

Minot, Stephen, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, II. 92. 

Mitchell, , surveyor of the boundary 

line between Massachusetts and New- 
Hampshire, II. 125, note. 

Mitchell, Mr., brother of David, II. 102. 

Mitchell, Rev. Mr., his " Sermons of 
Glory," II. 143, 258, 267, 269. 

Mitchell, David, II. 102. 

Mohun, Lord, duel of, II. 17 and note. 

Mons, capture of, I. 386, and note. 

Montagu, Charles, Earl of Manchester, I. 
251 and note. 

Montanus, Arius, editor of the Polyglot 
Bible, II. 126, note. 

Moodey, Mrs., York, burial of, II. 232. 

Moodey, Caleb, concerning his bond with 
Samuel Sewall, I. 76. 

Moodey, Joseph, Samuel Sewall ques- 
tions his ownership of a certain book, 
II. 211, 216, 249. 

Moodey, Rev. Joshua, of Boston, impris- 
onment of, I. 24 and note. Witness to 
deed, 69, note. Letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, about relief for the sufferers 
from the French attack, 125. Death 
of, 1697, 191. Buried in tomb of John 
Hull, II. 310. 

Moodey, Mrs. Hannah, visits Samuel 
Sewall, II. 212. 

Moodey, Mehitabel, sister of Samuel 
Sewall, I. 22. Newbury, 97. Death of, 

Moodey, Samuel, chaplain to English 
army, I. 351. 

Moodey, Rev. Samuel, York, I. 260 and 
note. Memoranda of letters, inclosing 
gifts to, 340, 374. His "Judas the 
Traitor," II. 32. His " Dialogue," 35. 
Memorandum of letter to, 216. 

Moodey, William, brother-in-law to Sam- 
uel Sewall, I. 42. Marriage of, II. 40. 
Witness to deed, 136. Death of, at 
Newbury Falls, 308. 

Moody, Joshua, Isle of Shoals, receives 
books and sermons from Samuel Sew- 
all, 1729, II. 269. 

Moore, Dr. George H., II. 30, note. 

Morrice, Edmund, II. 210. 

Morse, Joseph, concerning the meeting- 
house at Sherborn, I. 113. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, 283. 

Morton, Charles, goes to England, I. 50, 
100, note. 

Morton, Rev. Charles, Charlestown, 1. 133. 
Death of, 1698, 198. Mentioned, 247. 

Moulton, Jeremiah, bearer of letters, II. 

Mountford, Eben., I. 217. 

Muddv-River, sale of a lot at, by Capt. 
Clarke, I. 81. 

Mullins (Mellows), Capt., I. 405. 

Mumford, George, Kingston, in contro- 
versy with Thomas Hazard, II. 71. 

Mumford, Thomas, concerning a meeting 
at Pettaquamscot, I. 40. Interested in 
Pettaquamscot, 108. Concerning some 
land owned by him at Foint Judith, 
124. Made attorney over the lands of 
Samuel Sewall at Foint Judith, II. 

Munster's translation quoted, II. 200. 

Murceras, Professor of Hebrew at Paris, 
II. 163. 

Murray, Maj., signs letter concerning 
Rev. James McSparran, II. 120. 

Myles, Rev. Samuel, memorial of, to 
Lieut.-Gov. Dummer concerning the 
Episcopal church, II. 184. 


Nahant, Mass., I. 47, note. 

Nantasket, I. 115. 

Nash, Mrs., death of, II. 217. 

Needham, , bond of, taven to Samuel 

Sewall, I. 121. 

Needham, Andrew, London, I. 32. Be- 
quest of his brother to him, 114. 

Needham, John, Billerica, I. 371. 

Needham, Thomas, London, son of An- 
drew, I. 114. Concerning a legacy, 
131. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 371. 

Needham, William, letter to Samuel Sew- 
all, I. 31. Sends money to his brother, 
32. Extract of will, 114. 

Negroes, paper of Samuel Sewall on the 
trading of, I. 322 and note. Opposing, 

Nelson, Capt., his son killed by Indians 
at Dunstable, I. 333. 

Nelson, Philip, I. 266. 

Nelson, Thomas, I. 266. 

Netmaker, Mr., II. 32. 

Nevis, West Indies, I. 2. 

Newbury, establishment of an Episcopal 
Church at, I. 420. First settlement at, 
II. 125. The building of a meeting- 
house at, 194. (Called Newtown), Mass., 

Newcastle, Duke of, II. 170. 

Newcastle, England, I. 2. 

New England, defence of, respecting Can- 
ada expedition, printed in England by 
Jeremiah Dummer, I. 423 and note. 

Newgate, John, wishes to sell an island 
to Samuel Sewall, I. 68. Views certain 
land with Samuel Sewall, 159 and 

Newitchawannuck River, I. 257. 

New Hampshire, act of, demanding duties 
and cargoes and entry-money from Mas- 
sachusetts boats respectively, II. 32. 
" Provincial papers " of, cited, 33, note. 
The controversy concerning the boun- 
dary line between Massachusetts and, 
125 and note. Decision of commission 
of, concerning the extent of Merrimac 
River, 129, 130. 



New Jerusalem, the, may be located in 
America, II. 156. Samuel Sewall's 
belief that it will comprise mostly 
.Jews, 155. Considered by Samuel 
Bewail, 197, 200. Cannot be located 
in Asia, 200 and note. Beauty of, etc., 

201. May be located in Columbina, 201, 

202. Letter of Kev. William Williams 
to Samuel Sewall, giving his views of 
the New Jerusalem, etc., 250-253. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to liev. Elisha 
Williams concerning, 272. 

New London, Conn., donation of, for war 
sufferers, I. 182. 

Newman, Justice, death of, mentioned, II. 

Newman, Mr., mentioned, I. 110. 

Newman, Henry, Newfoundland, letters 
of Samuel Sewall to, I. 256, 297. A 
member of Society for Propagation of 
the Gospel. 297. In England, 1717, II. 
85. His bill of exchange, 134. 

Newman, Samuel, goes to England, 1687, 
I. 100, note. 

New North Church, II. 298. 

New South Church, Boston, II. 64. 

News-Letter, a newspaper, I. 372 ; II. 31, 
36, 80, 217, 302, 303, 304, 306. 

Newton, Mr., II. 112. 

Newton, Thomas, letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, I. 310. 

Nichols, William, chosen constable, II. 

Nicholson, Col. (afterward Sir) Francis, I. 
399, note. Mentioned, II. 14. Letter 
of Samuel Sewall and Andrew Belcher 
to, concerning relief for sufferers at St. 
Christophers, 24. 

Niles, Nathaniel, Samuel Sewall lets his 
part of Point Judith to, I. 132. Receives 
money from pirates, 211. At Point 
Judith, 230. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, 356. 

Niles, Nathaniel, Jr., a lease made to, by 
Samuel Sewall, II. 34. 

Niles, Rev. Samuel, preached at Kings- 
town, It. I., then at Braintree, II. 113. 

Nonacoicus (Groton), the farm of Heze- 
kiah Usher at, I. 98, note. 

Norridgewock, II. 140 and note. 

Nortliend, Dorothy, Rowlev, sister of 
Samuel Sewall, II. 181, 241, 271. 

Northern!, Dorothy, Jr., II. 242. 

Northend, Ezekiel, II. 242. 

Nortliend, John, II. 242. 

Northend, Samuel, II. 242. 

Norton, Rev. Mr., mentioned, II. 31. 

" Notes on Old State House," II. 30, note. 

Notice of a church contribution, II. 258. 

Nova Scotia, scheme of Capt. Vetch for 
settling. I. 368 and note. 

Nowell. Mr., I. 19. 

Nowell, Dean, his catechism, II. 34. 

Nowell, Samuel, in list of names for nomi- 
nation as councillor, I. 1. Death of, in 
London, 77 and note. 

Noyes, . deputy from Newbury, I. 420. 

Noyes, Mr., I. 199. 

Noyes, Mrs., Newbury, II. 133. 

Noyes, Mrs., sickness of, I. 365. 

Noyes, Cutting, bearer of letter, I. 380, 

Noyes, Rev. James, Newburv, mentioned, 
I. 204; II. 206. Letter from Samuel 
Sewall, I. 27. Verses on Mr. Bayly 
mentioned, 353. Death of, II. 104. Pu- 
neral sermon on, by Rev. Mr. Adams, 

Noyes, Rev. James, Stonington, memo- 
randa of letters from Samuel Sewall to, 
I. 133, 283, 285, 322, 414; II. 14. An- 
swers an appeal to Her Majesty and 
Council, 337. Receives some sermons 
from Samuel Sewall, I. 398. 

Noyes, Joseph, son of James, II. 31. 

Noyes, Rev. Moses, Lyme, Conn., letter 
of, to Samuel Sewall, 1. 14. Mentioned, 
133 ; II. 30. Memorandum of letter to, 

Noyes, Rev. Nicholas, Salem, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, concerning the com- 
ing of Christ, I. 178. Invited to a debate 
by Samuel Sewall, 217. Letters of 
Samuel Sewall to, 289, 315. Notices of, 
289, note, 318. Samuel Sewall sends a 
book to, 390. Death of, II. 79. 

Noyes, Dr. Oliver, death of, II. 131. 

Noyes, Col. Thomas, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, concerning a petition of the 
Episcopalians, I. 416. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, II. 112. Mentioned, 246. 

Noyes, Deacon William, mentioned, II. 

Noyes, Mrs. William, II. 112. 


Oakes, Mr., bearer of a package for 
Samuel Sewall, I. 102. 

Oakes, Mr., Tichfield, I. 24. 

Oakes, Edward, II. 34, note. Pall-bearer 
to Mrs. Green, 295. 

Oakes, Lawrence, mentioned, II. 34. 

Oakes, Thomas, witness to deed, I. 69, 
note. Mentioned, II. 66. 

Oakes, Urian, 1.274; II. 34. 

Odell, Reginald, bearer of letter for 
Samuel Sewall, I. 95. 

Odlin, Mr., death of, II. 175. 

Ogilvie, Mr., concerning the administra- 
tion of his estate, II. 164. 

Old South Church, Boston, II. 64. Holds 
a meeting to consider the release of 
Rev. Joseph Sewall, he having been 
chosen President of Harvard College, 

Old State House, letter of Samuel Sewall 
against allowing scenic representations 
in Council Chamber, II. 29. The in- 
terior construction of, 30, note. 

" Olive Branch," barque, I. 133. 



Oliver, Col., his son Page baptized, II. 

Oliver, Mrs., widow of Dr., buried, II. 

Oliver, Daniel, in account with Samuel 
Sewall, I. 217. Mentioned, 311. Ne- 
gotiates a bill of exchange for Samuel 
Sewall, 327. Trustee of the Edward 
Hopkins legacy, II. 29. Executor of will 
of Grove Hirst, 75. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, 165. Sailed for London, 207. 
Mentioned, 221. Chosen overseer of the 
poor, 222. Bearer for Madam Willough- 
by, 306. On committee to call Rev. 
Benj. Wadsworth as President to Har- 
vard College, 306. 

Oliver, Nathaniel, letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, asking for money loaned, II. 

Ordway, , Newbury, death of, II. 30. 

Ordway, Mr., I. 419. 

" Orford," ship, I. 201. 

Osburn, Capt., II. 166, 168, 181. 

Otis, Col. John, Barnstable, at work upon 
the meeting-house at Sandwich, I. 113. 
Master of the Indian girl Mehetabel, 
424; II. 16. On committee to call 
Rev. Benj. Wadsworth as President of 
Harvard College, 306. 

Oulton & Waldo, Messrs., proceedings of, 
against Arthur Savage, II. 91. 

Overseers of the poor, chosen at Boston 
town-meeting, 1726, II. 222. 

Ovid, quoted, II. 274. 

Owen, Dr. John, quoted, I. 291, 352. On 
the Sabbath, 303. Author of work upon 
the Hebrews, II. 53. Author of several 
books, 116, 144. Quoted, 144. Quoted 
concerning the conversion of the Jews, 

Oxenbridge, John, one of the executors 
of Gov. Bellingham's will, I. 9. One 
of the trustees of will of Gov. Belling- 
ham, 9, 101, note. 

Oxford, Eng., public library at, I. 146. 
Mentioned, II. 262. 

Oyster River, now Durham, N. H., II. 
"137 and note. 


Pain, Madam, receives a sermon from 
Samuel Sewall, II. 228. 

Pain, James, Barnstable, II. 16. 

Pain, Job, Middleton, a sufferer from 
war, I. 191. 

Pain, Col. Nathaniel, Bristol, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, I. 346. His objec- 
tion in the case of Rev. James McSpar- 
ran, II. 101. 

Pain, Samuel, Braintree, a debtor to es- 
tate of Samuel Sewall, II. 276. 

Payne, Nathaniel, II. 103. 

Paige, Col. Nicholas, II. 295. Death of, 
at Rumney Marsh, 299. 

Palmer, Mrs., Stonington, II. 186. 

Palmer, Thomas, Boston, I. 265. Bearer 
of letter for Samuel Sewall, 385. 

Palmerston, Lord, II. 38, note. 

Paper money, first issue of, by Massachu- 
setts, I. 126, note. Address in opposi- 
tion to issuing, II. 235. The expense of 
Philip's war paid without resorting to, 
235. The issue of, induced luxurious 
and extravagant habits, 235. It depre- 
ciates in value, 236. Ecclesiastical men 
dislike it, 236 and note. Its effect on 
bonds, leases, etc., 237. Its effect on 
foreign trade, 238. An appeal to Sew- 
all against further issue of, 239. The 
issuing of, is a moral evil, 239. 

Papillon, Capt., II. 22. 

Papinonit, Simon, an Indian minister, 
II. 128. Indian preacher to Mashpaw 
Indians, 177. 

Papists, the, concerning marriage, II. 

Parable of the Sower, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to Nehemiah Walter, as to its 
meaning, I. 287. 

Parcel, Nicholas, of Flushing, L. I., a 
present of silver wine-cup from Mrs. 
Hull to, I. 50. 

Pareus, -, quoted as authority by 

Samuel Sewall, I. 176. Author of 
Commentaries, II. 11 and note. 

Parker, Rev. Thomas, remembered kind- 
ly by Samuel Sewall, I. 93. Mentioned, 
318; 11.112. 

Parker, Sir Thomas, I. 423 and note. 

Parliament, act of, repealing laws against 
Protestant dissenters, I. 94. Act of, 
concerning illicit trading, 335. 

Parnell, Capt,, II. 51. 

Parris, Rev. Samuel, his controversy with 
the parish at Salem, I. 15, 16, note. 
Mentioned, 203. 

Parrot, Judith, marries first Caleb Crans- 
ton, then William Pease, I. 408. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to, concerning her 
marrying Samuel Cranston, brother of 
her first husband, 408. 

Parsons, Mr., mentioned, I. 240. Bearer 
for Madam Willoughby, II. 306. 

Parsons, Joseph, witness to deed, I. 69, 
note. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 358. 
At North Hampton, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, II. 66. 

Partridge, Mr., memorandum of letter to, 

I. 240. 

Partridge, John, death of, II. 70. 

Partridge, Col. Samuel, Hatfield, letters 
of Samuel Sewall to, I. 285; II. 256. 
Stationed at Hatfield, I. 299. Memo- 
randa of letter to, 354. Letter of Sam- 
uel Sewall to, on the death of his son, 

II. 70. Mentioned, 103, 253. Letter on 
compromising matters with the eastern 
Indians, 142. Account of the Indians' 
attack at Deerfield, 319. 

Partridge, Madam Samuel, II 258. 



Partridge, Richard, petition of, to his 
Majesty in behalf of Joseph Anthony 
and others of .New Bristol, R. I, II. 

Partridge, Lieut.-Gov. William, of New 
Hampshire, I. 112, 180 and note. Let- 
ters of Samuel Sewall to, 180, 251. 

Partridge, Madame William, I. 180. 

Pastors, the protection afforded their 
preaching in New Kngland, I. 392. 

Pateshall, Martha, sister of Mary Daf- 
forne, I. 200. 

Patience, Capt., I. 381. 

Paybody, Mrs., of Little Compton, II. 70. 

Payson, Rev. Edward, I. 206; II. 242. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 214. 
His marriage with Madam Appleton, 

Payson, Jane, daughter of Dorothy North- 
end, death of, II. 181. 

Peak, John, his account with Samuel 
Sewall, I. 117. 

Peak, Sir William, his account with Sam- 
uel Sewall, I. 117. 

Pease, William, I. 408. 

Pease, Mrs. William (Judith), (see Crans- 
ton, Mrs.), I. 408. 

Peck, Noah, II. 216. 

Peister, Col. du-, I. 353. 

Pelham, Capt., I. 108. 

Pemaquid, Fort, attack of the enemy on, 
I. 10'.). 

Pemberton, Benjamin, concerning the 
pavment of his bond, I. 339. Arrives 
in Boston, II. 230. 

Pemberton, Rev. Ebenezer, I. 347, 364. 
Letters of Samuel Sewall to, II. 21, 31. 
A funeral sermon for persons lost at 
sea, 64. At New South Church, 64. 
Death of, 1716, 66. Verses in Latin on 
death of, 68 and note. Epitaph in mem- 
ory of, by John Charmion, 293, 294. 
At ordination, 1714, 298. Baptizes Mr. 
Green's and Capt. Oliver's sons, etc., 
1714, 299. 

Pemberton, Mary, II. 149. 

Pembroke, Mr., I. 99. 

Pembroke, Thomas, (Earl), president of 
the council, I. 16. 

Penecook (Concord), N. H., I. 240. 

Penhallow, Mr., pays Mr. Newman's bill 
of exchange, II. 134. Receives some 
money from Madam Usher's estate, 

Penn, William, address of, to King James 
II., I. 54, note. 

Pennicook Farm, Newbury, owned by 
Samuel Sewall, II. 256, 281. 

Pennhnan, Mr., I. 371. 

Pepper, Isaac, I. 125. 

Pepperell, Andrew, great-grandson to 
Samuel Sewall, II. 213. 

Pepperell, Sir William, mentioned, I. 43, 
note. Letter to Samuel Sewall, II. 146. 
Letter from Samuel Sewall to, 147. 

Pepperell, Madam William, II. 147. 

Pepperell, Capt. William, marries Mary 
Hurst, II. 149. Sends a present of fish 
and oil to Samuel Sewall, 216. Re- 
ceives gloves and rings from Samuel 
Sewall, 221. 

Pepperell, Mrs. Capt. Win. (Mary), has a 
daughter, II. 181. 

Periwigs, verses of Hugh Adams against, 
mentioned, II 137. Letter of Rev. Sol- 
omon Stoddard against, mentioned, 138. 

Perkins, Capt., death of, II. 187. 

Perkins, Mr., a ship carpenter, I. 34. 

Perkins, Abraham, concerning a lot at 
Muddy River, I. 81. Married Hannah 
Beamsly, 81. 

Perkins, Mrs. Abraham (Hannah), I. 81. 

Perry, Mr., England, I. 96, 118, 235. 

Perry, Mrs., England, I. 96, 118, 355. 

Perry, John, messenger, I. 25, 41. Ac- 
cused of opening letters, 98. 

Perry, Seth, witness to deed, I. 69, note. 
Mentioned, II. 30. 

" Peter Martyr's Common Places, Eng- 
lish," a book, I. 390. 

Peterborough, Earl of, goes governor to 
Jamaica, I. 277. 

Peters, Rev. Hugh, Salem, I. 288. 

Petition, of certain members of the Church 
of England, I. 416, 420. Of Samuel 
Sewall to town of Sherbourn concern- 
ing boundary of his land, 284. Of Sam- 
uel Sewall, Jr., to town of Boston for 
the release of an annuity given by his 
father in aid of a school, II. 288. An- 
swer to petition of Samuel Sewall, Jr., 
by town of Boston, 290. 

Pettaquamscut purchase, the, including 
Point Judith, I. 25 note. A meeting of 
the purchasers of, 40. Includes land 
at Little Point Judith Neck, II. 71. A 
portion of the land given for church 
purposes, 113. 

Pettingal, Matthew, Newbury, death of, 
II. 31. 

Pettit, Mr., London, tradesman, I. 122. 

Petty, Sir William, writes a book on Lon- 
don, I. 259. Mentioned, 388, 411 and 
note. Inquiries of Samuel Sewall con- 
cerning, II. 5 and note. 

"Phenomena Apocalyptica," I. 202, 228; 
II. 154, 263. 

Philips, Mr., pallbearer to Mrs. Green, II. 

Philip's Brook, Newbury, II. 172. 

Philip's War, the country paid the ex- 
penses of, without paper money, II. 

Phillips, Caleb, mariner, I. 109. 

Phillips, Madam Hannah, sailed for Eng- 
land, II. 269. 

Phillips, Nicholas, Weymouth, a debtor 
to estate of Samuel Sewall as bonds- 
man for Enoch Hunt, II. 280. 

Phillips, Rev. Samuel, tenant of Madam 
Usher, I. 78, 97. Rent paid to Mrs. 
Usher, 151. 



Pliillipse, Adolphe, New York, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, II. 8, 9, 36, 20. 

Phips, Mrs., death of, 1710, II. 296. 

Phipps, Samuel, pays Mrs. Stoddard her 
annuity, I. 128, note. 

Phipps, Capt. Samuel, burial of, 1725, II. 

Phipps, Solomon, death of, II. 295. 

Phipps, Spencer, (Lieut.-Gov.,) II. 97. 
Chosen bearer for Samuel Sewall, Jr., 

Phipps, Sir William, going to England, I. 
85. His contemplated expedition 
against Quebec, 126, note. Expected 
at Boston, 129. 

Pickard, Mrs. Edna, II. 110. 

Pierce, Mrs. Ann, admitted to Old South 
church, II. 307. Buried in the tomb of 
John Hull, 311. 

Pierce, Daniel, Capt., in list of names who 
received nomination for councillor, I. 2. 
Receives certain orders from Samuel 
Sewall, 115. At Newbury to apportion 
relief to sufferers from the Indians, 

Pierpont, Mr., concerned in distributing 
relief to sufferers from Indians, I. 187. 

Pierpont, James, Roxbury, death of, from 
small-pox, 1721, II. 302. 

Pierpont, Rev. James, Conn., his death 
mentioned, 1723, I. 15. Mentioned by 
Samuel Sewall, 127. Letter from 
Samuel Sewall concerning the gov- 
ernment at Yale College, 259 and 
note, 263. 

Pierson, Mrs., persons concerned in her 
mortgage, I. 218. 

Pierson, Abraham, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, I. 263. 

Pigeon, Maj., goes to Whitehall, N. Y., I. 

Pike, Mr., of Dover, N. H., I. 183. 

Pike, Robert, in list of names who re- 
ceived votes for nomination as coun- 
cillor, I. 2. 

Pilgrim, Mr., England, settles the estate 
of Henry Higginson, I. 27. 

Pilgrim, John, Barbadoes, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, I. 74. 

" Pink Pomegranat," ship, I. 122. 

Pinkny, John, Longstock, II. 270. 

Piracy, a letter to Parliament concerning 
the suppression of, I. 221 note. 

Pirates, the, of Barbary and the Mediter- 
ranean, I. 200, note. 
Pitkin, Martha, came over in the " Pru- 
dent Mary," I. 43. 
Pitkin, William, Hartford, memoranda of 
letters of Samuel Sewall to, I. 42, 265. 
Mentioned by Samuel Sewall, 127. 
Pitt, Thomas, mentioned, I. 214, note. 
Pitts, James, merchant, London, I. 371. 
Plaisted, Capt. Ichabod, his desire to 
buy mill privileges at Salmon Falls 
from Samuel Sewall, I. 251, 252. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to, concerning 

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the saw-mills, 252, 257. Mentioned, 

II. 58. 
Plampin, Thomas, one of the executors 

of will of Stephen Winthrop, I. 45, 46. 
Plantation Money, Act of Parliament for, 

I. 378. 

Planters, the, of New England, taught the 
aborigines to keep the Sabbath holy, 

II. 182. 

Plato, Life of, read by Samuel Sewall, I. 

Plowman, Capt., I. 301. 

Plumb, , his debt to Samuel Sewall, 

Poem, a libellous, on the " Order of the 

Gospel revived/' I. 255. 
Point Judith, so called for Judith Hull, 
I. 25, note. Lot of land given by Sam- 
uel Sewall towards founding a school, 
26, note ; II. 33. Samuel Sewall's in- 
terest in settling, 33. Thomas Mum- 
ford made attorney over the land of 

Samuel Sewall at, 318. 
Polderson, Mr., II. 243. 
Pole, Mrs., England, concerning a receipt 

from, for Samuel Sewall, I. 96. 
Pole's Synopsis Criticorum, sent by Samuel 

Sewall for use at Yale College, I. 

Pollard, Mrs. Anne, her great age, 11= 

Pollard, Benjamin, chosen constable, II. 

Pollard and Hawkins take sand from 

Cotton Hill, I. 218. 
" Pomgranat," ship, I. 131. 
Poole, Matthew, author of "English An- 
notations/'' II. 10 and note, 253. 
Poor, Joseph, mariner, I. 76. 
Pope, "the Protestant," death of, 1688, 

Pope, Michael, England, I. 65. 
Porter, Rev. Mr., Medford, death of, II. 

Port-Royal, Jamaica, I. 4. 
Portsmouth, N. H., 1.5,24. Defence needed 

against the French, 115. Council and 

General Assembly of New Hampshire 

meet at, etc., II. 33, note. 
Poultney, William, II. 170. 
Powning, Daniel, chosen assessor, II. 222. 
Prayer Book, the, of Queen Elizabeth, 

and of Edward VI., I. 238, note. 
Preble, Abraham, letter of Samuel Sewall 

to, I. 184. 
"President," ship in which Increase 

Mather sailed for England, I. 69, note. 
Preston, Conn., donation of, for sufferers 

from the Indians, I. 182. 
Price, Capt. Walter, intended marriage 

with daughter of William Hirst, II. 51. 

Quoted concerning Madam Whitting- 

ham, 82. Administrator of estate of 

William Hirst, 114. Receives a ring 

from Samuel Sewall, 221. 
Price, Mrs. Walter, II. 221. 



Priest, William, II. 221. 

Prince of Wales, mentioned, II. 170. 

Prince, Mr., narrow escape from sailing 
in ship lost at sea, II. 64. 

Prince, Job, I. 117. 

Prince, Rev. Thomas, letters of Samuel 
Sewall to, II. 77, 208. Pastor of South 
Church, 233. 

Printer, James, quoted concerning mar- 
riage among Indians, I. 293 ; II. 18. 

Prior, Matthew, his epitaph, II. 142. 

Privy Council, the, in England, concern- 
ing appeals to, I. 223, note. The power 
of, to nullify laws, 231, note. 

Proclamation of the new government 
tinder Gov. Dudley mentioned, I. 28, 
29. Of Gov. Dudley allowing the es- 
tablishment of an Episcopal Church at 
Newbury, 420. Criticism of a procla- 
mation by Gov. Dudley, 421. 

Propagation of the gospel, Henry New- 
man a member of the society for, 
among the Indians, I. 297. Society 
for, " in foreign parts," II. 140, 141. 
Society for, among the Indians, re- 
ceives £100 from Rev. Thomas Cotton 
in behalf of Madam Usher's estate, 

" Prophecies of Daniel," a book upou, II. 

"Proposals," by Samuel Sewall, II. 34, 
54, 129, note, 175 and note. 

Protestant dissenters, the repeal of laws 
against, I. 94. 

Prout, Mr., appropriates to himself some 
eatables sent to Mrs. Sewall, I. 36. 

Prout, Timothy, arbitrator for executors 
of Madam Usher's estate, II. 205. 
Chosen select-man, 222. 

Providence, town of, " disposition " of 
£50 for religious purposes to, II. 217. 

Province House, Boston, I. 48, note. 

" Prudent Mary," ship, I. 43. 

" Public Occurrences," newspaper, pub- 
lished, I. 112. 

Pulford, William, letters from Samuel 
Sewall to, I. 37, 46, 48. Concerning ac- 
counts with Samuel Sewall, 111. 

Pullin, John, letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
I. 162. Commander of ship '" Kath- 
erine," 46, 161. 

Purchis, Oliver, in list of names for nomi- 
nation as councillor, I. 2. 

Putnam, Joseph, attorney, in church con- 
troversy at Salem, I. 15, 16. 

Putnam, Thomas, attorney, in church con- 
troversy at Salem, I. 15. 

Pyke, nurse, II. 801. 

Pynchon, Col. John, in list of names for 
nomination as councillor, I. 1. Men- 
tioned by Samuel Sewall, 83, 366. 
Memorandum of letter from Samuel 
Sewall to, 212. 

Pynchon, , Letter of Samuel Sewall 

to, concerning a mortgage, I. 82. 

Pynchon, Madam, I. 83. 

Quakers, the, in London, address of, to 
James II., 1. 54, note. Declaration of 
liberty of conscience, by James II. 
54, note. 
' Quebec, fall of, I. 35, note. An expedi- 
tion planned against, 126, note. 

Queen Anne, her birthday celebration at 
Boston, I. 380. Mentioned, II. 9, note. 
Death of, 1714, 35. Orders the Canada 
expedition, 1711, 296. 

Quelch, Capt., pirate, I. 301. 

Quick, Mr., sermon on Lord's Supper, 
! II. 31. 

Quincy, Col., Bristol, II. 228. 
, Quincy, Anna, consigns goods to Nathan- 
iel Green, I. 112. Mentioned, 112. 

Quincy, Daniel, letter to William Barron 
about a consignment, I. 92. Death 
of, 1690, 116, 261. Mentioned, II. 10. 
Buried in tomb of John Hull, 310. 

Quincy, Edmund, at Harvard College, 
I. 171 and note. Bearer to Madam 
Bridget Usher, II. 150. Letter of Sam- 
uel Sewall to, 178, 256. Rides at 
funeral of Madam Usher, 304. 

Quincy, Elizabeth, marries John Wen- 
dall, II. 178. 

Quincy, cousin, interested in Mrs. Usher's 
claim, I. 225 and note. 


Rainger, Edmund, witness to will of Gov. 

Bellingham, I. 10. 
Ralle, M. Sebastianus, Jesuit and Priest, 

incites the Indians against the English, 

II. 110, note, 174. 
Ram Island, Newbury, owned by Samuel 

Sewall, II. 281. 
Randolph, Edmund, councillor, I. 31. 
Rattle-Snake Rock, Newbury, H. 172. 

Rawlings, , of South Hampton, I. 364. 

Rawson, , I. 31. 

Rawson, Rev. Mr., Mendon, death of, 

1714, II. 299. 
Rawson's Lane (now Bromfield Street), 

II. 230. 
Ray, John, F. R. S., author of" Wisdom 

of God," etc., II. 11 and note. 
Raymond, Joshua, letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, I. 47. A tenant of Samuel Sew- 

all's at Block Island, 229, 230. Memo- 
randum of letter to, 230. 
Raymond, Richard, an account with 

Samuel Sewall, I. 62. 
Raymond, Robert (Lord), report on the 

memorial of Gov. Samuel Shute, II. 

164 and note. 
Raynsford, Mr., mentioned, I. 74, 75. 
Read, Rev. Mr., his meeting-house in St. 

Giles's, Eng., I. 221. At ordination, II. 

Read, Philip, accused of blasphemy, etc., 

I. 358. 



" Reading the Scriptures," by Homes, II. 

Receipt, of William Rugg to Samuel 
Sewall, I. 83. Of Harvard College for 
£100 given from the estate of Madam 
Usher, II. 225. 

Report of a committee for settling a min- 
ister at Watertown, I. 140. 

Reynolds, Mr., carries letter for Samuel 
Sewall, I. 25, note. At Bristol, II. 

Reynolds, Dr. Edward, Bishop of Nor- 
wich, I. 364. 

Rice, Nicholas, a tenant of Gov. Belling- 
ham, I. 9. 

Richards, Maj. John, in list of names who 
received votes for nomination as coun- 
cillor, I. 1. Death of, I. 142. 

Richardson, Mr., Camb ridge (1), I. 19. 

Richardson, Mr., Newbury, death of, 1713, 
II. 30. 

Richardson, Rev. Mr., carries letters for 
Samuel Sewall, I. 41. Death of, 1696, 

Richardson, John, letters of Samuel Sew- 
all to, I. 49, 63, 75. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, ordering the sale of the ketch 
"Fidelity," 64, 75. 

Richardson, Mrs. John, I. 50, 63. 

Richardson, Thomas, petition of, to his 
Majesty in behalf of Joseph Anthony 
and others of New Bristol, R. I., II. 170. 

Rider, , clerk, II. 81. 

Rider, Dorothy, England, letters of Sam- 
uel Sewall to, I. 23, 41. Her gravestone 
and burying place, mentioned, 23, note. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, sympa- 
thizing with her illness, 79. 

Rider, Sarah, cousin to Samuel Sewall, I. 
41, 79. 

Rider, William, Sherbourn, letter of Sam- 
uel Sewall, Jr., to, concerning the ap- 
praisement of certain farms, II. 278. 

River Euphrates, Samuel Sewall's inter- 
pretation of the, referring to the Turks, 
according to Revelation, I. 298. The 
drying up of, affords an illustration for 
Samuel Sewall in his lament over the 
growth of Episcopacy, II. 144. 

River Parker, Mass., I. 296. 

Robert, Eliakim, bearer of letter for 
Samuel Sewall, I. 91. 

Roberts, Nicholas, merchant, I. 224. 

Robertson, , concerning the ransom 

of Benjamin Hallawell, I. 77. 

Robertson, David, Capt. of ship " Swan," 

I. 154, 156, 164. 

Robie, Thomas, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, II. 215. A fellow of Harvard Col- 
lege, 274. Death of, 275. 

Robinson, Damaris, bond of, given to 
Samuel Sewall, I. 121. 

Rogers, Mr., death of his daughter Berry, 

II. 228. 

Rogers, Daniel, Ipswich, his tragic death, 
1723, II. 148. 

Rogers & Kelly, concerning a bill of ex- 
change, I. 233. 
Roice, Daniel, married Maj. Davis's 

sister, I. 324. 
Rokeage (Yokeage), Indian corn, I. 188 

and note. 
Rolf, Capt,, II. 271. 
Rolf, cousin, II. 269. 
Rolfe, Mr., II. 143, 216. 
Rolfe, Samuel, his debt to Samuel Sewall, 

I. 242. Mentioned, II. 143, 216, 269. 
Rooker, William, gives receipt to Samuel 

Sewall, I. 35. 
Rosewell, Sir Henry, a member of the 

Massachusetts-Bay Company, I. 68, 

Ross, Samuel, signs letter concerning Rev. 

James McSparran, II. 120. 
Rouse, Capt., I. 378. 
Row, Mr., England, a business transaction 

with Samuel Sewall, I. 96. 
Roxburghe, Duke of, II. 170. 
Ruck, John, I. 267. Chosen overseer of 

the poor, II. 222. 
Rugg, William, Barbadoes, a receipt of, 

I. 83. 

Ruggles, Samuel, II. 133, note. 

Ruggles, Mrs. Samuel (Martha), Samuel 

Sewall solicits her for his third wife, II. 

133 and note. 
Rumney Marsh, mentioned, I. 69, note 

Concerning the pews in the church at, 

II. 222. 
Rumsey, Eng., I. 50. 
Rushworth's Collections, II. 11, note. 
Russel, Rev Noadiah, Middleton, I. 321 

and note. 

Russell, Lady, England, II. 79. Receives 
sermon from Samuel Sewall, 151. 
Samuel Sewall's regrets at destroying 
a letter written by, 158. Death of her 
mother, Madam Grove, 204. 

Russell, Eleazer, mentioned, I. 67. 

Rusiell, James, in list of names for nomi- 
nation as councillor, I 2. 

Russell, John, of Hadley, one of the ex- 
ecutors named in Governor Belling- 
ham's will, I. 9, 11. 

Rust, Nathaniel, I. 115. 

Ryal, Isaac, concerning a mill on Neponset 
River, II. 8. 

Ryswick, Peace of, news of, received in 
New England, I. 194 and note. 

Sabbath, a review by Samuel Sewall upon 
Dummer's Treatise on the, I. 302. 
Certain divines quoted concerning the, 
303. A review of Dummer's Treatise 
on the, by Samuel Torrey, 305. 

Sacheverell, Dr. Henry, I. 398, note. 

Saffin, Mr., his letter on the " Selling of 
Joseph," I. 322. 

Saffin, John, Judge, Probate, L 320. 



Saffin, John. Bristol, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, I. 373. 

Saffron Walden, Eng., a locality, II. 263. 

Salem, six persons executed for witch- 
craft at, I. 132. Building of a meeting- 
house at, II. 159. 

Sallee, on sea coast of Morocco, I. 156 
and note. The piratical port for the 
Moorish pirates, 200, note. 

Salmon Brook, Dunstable, II. 195. 

Salmon Falls sawmills, the, letter of 
Samuel Sewall, concerning, I. 251. 

Salt, concerning the making of, I. 188. 

Salter, Mr., illness of, II. 234. 

Salter, Eneas, pallbearer to Mrs. Green, 
II. 296. 

Saltonstall, Gov. Gurdon, mentioned, I. 
263. Letter of Samuel Sewall con- 
gratulating him, 357. Death of, men- 
tioned, 357, note ; II. 177, 306. Letters 
of Samuel Sewall to, I. 377, 383, 397, 
398; II. 129, 139, 143, 149, 174. 
Death of his wife, I. 399. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, thanking him for 
sympathy, II. 81. Born at Haverhill, 

Saltonstall, Mrs. Gurdon, death of, I. 139. 

Saltonstall, Nathanael, in list of names 
for nomination as councillor, I. 1. Re- 
ceives barrel of salt from Samuel Sew- 
all, 110. Death of, at Haverhill, 348 
and note. Mentioned, 357, note. 

Saltonstall, Mrs. Nathaniel (Elizabeth), 
Haverhill, letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
I. 394. Mentioned, II. 140. 

Saltonstall, Sir Richard, I. 348, note. 

Sampson, Hugh, commander of ship 
" America," I. 2. 

Samson, Mr., I. 114. 

" Samuel and Henry," ship, I. 133. 

Sanders, widow, Braintry, death of, 1. 418. 

Sands, Edward, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, about the sale of Block Island, I. 

Sandwich, a meeting-house to be built at, 

I. 62 and note. 

Saunders, John, concerning an account 

with Samuel Sewall, I. 47. Mentioned, 

Saunders, Robert, mariner, I. 81, 141, 149, 

Saunderson, Robert, death of, I. 261. 

Clerk for John Hull the Mint master, 

II. 10. 

Sanford, John, of committee to let out 
Hog Island, I. 68, note. 

Sanford, Maj. Peleg, I. 39. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, 107. 

Sarah, widow, Indian, II. 128. 

Savage, Capt. Arthur, arrived from Fal- 
mouth. II 9. Proceedings of Messrs. 
Oulton & Waldo against, 91. His libels 
in court of admiralty against ship 
" Galley Province," 91. 

Savage, Benjamin, demands Hog Island 
of Samuel Sewall, I. 127. 

Savage, Elizabeth (Watts), marries Sam- 
uel Bellingham, I. 104, note. 

Savage, Ephraim, deeds Hog Island to 
Samuel Sewall, I. 69, note. Letters of 
Samuel Sewall to, 87, 127. In expedi- 
tion to Fort Royal, 349. Letter to Rev. 
Cotton Mather on the mock sermon, 
II. 2. Mentioned, 3. Land purchased 
of, by Samuel Sewall, 135. Eighty 
years old, 187. Mentioned, 263. 

Savage, Maj. Thomas, his interest in Hog 
Island, I. 68, note, 69, note. Concern- 
ing the annuity to his wife, 127, 128 and 
note. Letter received from Cadiz, 204. 

Savage, Mrs. Thomas (Mary), married 
Anthony Stoddard, I. 128, note. 

Sawmills, the, at Salmon Falls, letters of 
Samuel Sewall concerning, I. 251, 252. 

Sawyer, John, Lancaster, a debtor to 
estate of Samuel Sewall, II. 277, 279, 
282. Death of, 286. 

Say brook, Conn., removal of Yale college 
from, I. 15, 354, note. 

Scarlet's Wharf, Boston, I. 239. 

Scenic representations, letter of Samuel 
Sewall objecting to use of town house 
for, II. 29. 

Schedule of articles sent to Rev. Thomas 
and Mrs. Cotton from Madam Usher's 
effects, II. 188. 

Schenectady, the sack of, by French and 
Indians, I. 126, note. 

Schools, amount expended in Boston for 
the support of one of the, I. 391. Con- 
cerning the visitation of one of the, in 
Boston, 391-393 and note. Deed of an 
annuity by Samuel Sewall to South 
End School, II. 134 and note. 

School Street, Boston, II. 230, 231. 

Schuyler, Col. Peter, his interest in Mass- 
achusetts colonv, I. 389 and note. 

Scipio, death of, II. 182. 

Scotch, attempt of the, to found a colony 
on the Isthmus of Darien, I. 227, note. 

Scottow, Capt., his " Tears," II. 175. 

Scovil, William, of Hadham, a sufferer 
from war, I. 191. 

" Seaflower," ship, I. 118. 

Select-men, chosen at Boston town-meet- 
ing, 1726, II. 222. 

Self-murder, Rev. Increase Mather's ser- 
mon on, II. 162, 175. 

Sellen, William, merchant in London, let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to, I. 30. Men- 
tioned, 33. 

Sellick, Mr., concerned in distribution of 
relief to sufferers from Indians, I. 188. 

Seporat, concerning the translation of, II. 

Serjeant, Joseph, Port Royal, goods con- 
signed to, I. 4. Goods consigned to, 
by Samuel Sewall, 115, 

Sergeant, Joseph, I. 48 and note. 

Sergeant, Peter, I. 46, 193 and note, 250; 
Built the Province House, Boston, 48, 
note. Interested in the sale of the ketch 



" Fidelity," 64, 75. A bill of exchange, 
385. Trustee of the Edward Hopkins 
legacy, II. 29. 

Sergeant, Stephen, concerning a bond, I. 

" Sermon on the Sabbath," by Rev. Ben- 
jamin Colman, II. 182. 

Sever, John, bearer at funeral, II. 298. 

Sevey, John, death of, I. 381. 

Sewall, Dorothy, mentioned, I. 88. 

Sewall, Elizabeth, daughter of Judge 
Samuel, I. 36 ; II. 13. Letter from her 
father concerning the attentions of Mr. 
Hirst, I. 213. 

Sewall, F., bearer for Madam Dudley, II. 
303. Bearer to Madam Usher, 304. 

Sewall, Hannah, daughter of Judge Sam- 
uel, I. 36 ; II. 13, 126. Sickness of, 109, 
133, 160. Death of, 1724, 174, 179, 180. 
Admitted a member of the church, 1716, 
299. Buried in tomb of John Hull, 

Sewall, Hannah, daughter of Samuel, Jr., 
death of,, II. 107, 108, 311. Present of 
a guinea to, 296. Concerning her fa- 
ther's property in trust for her, 314. 

Sewall, Henry, Newbury, father to Judge 
Samuel, I. 29. Letter from his son, 
Judge Samuel, 38. Mentioned, 158. 
Death of, 236. Had plentiful estate, 
II. 90. 

Sewall, Henry, grandfather of Judge Sam- 
uel, II. 90. 

Sewall, Henry, son of Judge Samuel, 
death of, I. 35 ; II. 310. 

Sewall, Henry, son of Samuel Sewall, Jr., 
II. 301. 

Sewall, Henry, cousin of Samuel, Jr., 
death of, II. 302. 

Sewall, Hull, son of Judge Samuel, I. 27. 
Death of, 35 and note. 

Sewall, Hull, grandson of Judge Samuel, 
II. 310. 

Sewall, Jane, infant daughter of Judge 
Samuel, II. 310. 

Sewall, Jane, sister of Judge Samuel, a 
maid to Madam Usher, II. 204. 

Sewall, Mrs. Jane, mother of Judge Sam- 
uel, death of, 1701, I. 251. Letter to 
Samuel Sewall, 366. 

Sewall, John, infant son of Judge Samuel, 
death of, II. 310. 

Sewall, John, infant son of Samuel, Jr., 
II. 311. 

Sewall, John, brother of Judge Samuel, 
mentioned, I. 41, 76, 122. Death of, 

Sewall, John, Brookline, death of, 1724, 
II. 175. 

Sewall, John, Newbury, cousin of Judge 
Samuel, letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
concerning his marriage, I. 290. 

Sewall, Jonathan, Salem. I. 376, note; 
II. 85. Ship chandler, 75, 76. Rides at 
funeral of Madam Usher, 304. 

Sewall, Joseph, clerk, holds in trust the 

property of Samuel Sewall, Jr., for his 
daughter Hannah, II. 313. 

Sewall, Rev. Joseph, son of Judge Sam- 
uel, I. 255; II. 13, 110, 179, 193, 215. 
Takes a degree at Harvard College, I. 
346. Letter to Rev. Benjamin Colman, 
414. Entering upon the ministry, II. 12. 
His sorrow at death of Mr. Jeffries, 63, 
note, 64. Preaches on the first Thurs- 
day of the Julian year, 65. Election 
sermon by, 182. Sermon on the death 
of King George, 228. Pastor of South 
Church, Boston, 233. Preaches, 2i2. 
Administrator of his father's estate, 288. 
Chosen President of Harvard College, 
but declines to accept the office, 805. 
On committee to call Rev. Benj. Wads- 
worth to Harvard College, 306. Rides 
to funeral of Rev. Peter Thatcher, 807. 

Sewall, Joseph, infant son of Rev. Joseph, 
II. 107, 311. 

Sewall, Judith, daughter of Judge Sam- 
uel, I. 268; II. 13, 179. Illness of, 
102. Household articles to be bought 
for, 105, 107. Marriage to William 
Cooper, 109, 117, 122. Arrival of her 
household goods, 115. 

Sewall, Judith, infant daughter of Judge 
Samuel, death of, I. 112 ; II. 310. 

Sewall, Margarett, I. 51 ; II. 299. 

Sewall, Mary, daughter of Judge Samuel, 
I. 383 ; II. 12. Marriage of, I. 385. 

Sewall, Mary, infant daughter of Samuel, 
Jr., II. 297, 311. Mentioned, 297. 

Sewall, Mitchell, marriage of, II. 270. 
Letter to Samuel Sewall thanking him 
for wedding present, 271. 

Sewall, Judge Samuel, present at nomi- 
nation of councillors, I. 1. In list of 
names for nomination as councillor, 2. 
Invoices of goods shipped by, to Lon- 
don, etc., 3, 29. Arbitrator in the con- 
troversy of Rev. Samuel Parris, 16, 
note. His college days, 20, note. His 
reading of Ovid, 21, note. Death of 
infant son Henry, and names of his 
children living, 22. Death of his broth- 
er's children at Salem, 22. His hopes 
of the final conversion of the Jews, 22, 
23. His share in Point Judith inherited 
by his wife, 25, note. Writes Josiah 
Arnold about building a house on Point 
Judith, 25. Makes a donation to Har- 
vard College, 26, note. Writes to Cousin 
Edward Hull, England, 29. Writes to 
Uncle Stephen Dummer, 29. Sends 
a map of Boston to Edward Hull, 32. 
Writes to Edward Taylor, 35. Death 
of his children Henry and Hull, 35 and 
note. Negotiates for sale of some land 
to Capt. Elisha Hutchinson, 37. Con- 
cerning money for his brother-in-law 
Longfellow, 38. Concerning the sale of 
Pettaquamscot, 40. Writes to his fa- 
ther, and brother John Sewall, Aunt 
Rider, and others, 41. Sent sermon 



Samuel Sewall — Continiu d. 

preached by Dr. Burnet to brother Ste- 
phen, 41. Invited to Mr. Wheteoinb's 
funeral, 41. Writes to John Ive, to 
furnish money to Nathaniel Man, 42. 
Writes to Mr. Elavell, 42. Writes to Mr. 
Shubael Dummer, and sends a sermon, 
42. Writes to brother Stephen of his 
cousin Stephen's birth, 42. Writes to 
Mr. Pitkin concerning Mr. Blacklache's 
deed, Mr. Plumb's debt, etc., 42. Writes 
to brother Moodey concerning Indian- 
Deed, 42. Writes to Mr. Pitkin inquir- 
ing about his sister Martha, 43. Writes 
to Capt. Frost, concerning the mills at 
Kittery, Me., 43. Sends to Daniel Al- 
len for curtain material, etc., 43. His 
little daughters to be kept from idle- 
ness by working curtains, etc., 44. 
Mentions his two little daughters to 
Daniel Allen, 44. Mentions the deaths 
of many godly men, 45. Sends to Ed- 
ward Hull for housekeeping articles, 
46. Receives news of the death of 
Stephen Winthrop, 45. A question in 
his mind as to the validity of certain 
conveyancing of executors of Stephen 
Winthrop's will, 46. Sent accounts to 
Robert Twelves and John Saunders, 47. 
Land purchased at Block Island by, 47. 
His interest in ship " Two Brothers," 
48. Proposes Seth Shove as teacher at 
Newbury, 49. His mother Hull sends 
silver wine cup to Mr. Parcel, 50. Sends 
letter to Nicholas Parcel, of Flushing, 
Long Island, 50. Death of infant son, 
51. His approbation of the Declaration 
for Liberty of Conscience, 51. Mentions 
a worm which is doing much harm to 
barley, etc., 52. Writes concerning his 
brother Longfellow's affairs in England, 
51, 52. Writes to his father Sewall, and 
sends wine, 61. Writes to Joshua Ray- 
mond, concerning his uncle's account, 
62. Writes to brother Longfellow, 63. 
Writes to Richard Dummer, concern- 
ing Seth Shove as teacher, 63. Goods 
ordered from England by, 64, 67. Sends 
for map of Hampshire, 67. Purchase 
of Hog Island by, 68, 69, note. Quo- 
tations from his Diary, concerning Hog 
Island, 70, note Petition of, to Sir 
Edmund Andros, concerning Hog Isl- 
and, 70, note. Writes to Caleb Moodey 
about Ins bond, 76. Inclosed John 
Kent's bill in father's letter, 76. Re- 
covery of his family from measles, 7(5. 
Writes to father Sewall, 7(5. Sends 
some fruit, etc, to his mother, 76. 
Writes to Edward Taylor, about the 
" Centuriae Magdeburgenses," 76, 82. 
Writes to Edward Hull, sends him a 
raccoon, 77 Mentions three Indian 
children burned, 78. Imports of goods 
by him, 78. Writes to Capt. Nathan- 
iel Byfield, about a lot at Muddy 

Samuel Sewall — Continued. 

River, 81. Writes to Mr. Geer, Nan- 
tucket, 81. Writes to sister Dorothy, 
84. Sent brother John a coat for 
his son, 84. Writes to father Sewall 
about paying Mr. Coffin, 84. Writes 
to brother Stephen about deed of the 
freehold at Newbury, 84. Comments 
on the sweetness of theword"sister,"«4. 
Writes to father, and brother John, 85. 
Fears that Capt. Man is lost, and £300 
of his money, 86. Sends certain rent 
money to Mrs. Bridget Usher, 86. Con- 
cerned in a writ of intrusion served on 
Jeremiah Belcher at Hog Island, 87. 
Visit of his mother to him, 87. Mentions 
his sister Dorothy in a letter, 88. His 
little son Joseph exceeding ill, 88. Re- 
ceives a letter from " Sir Shove," 88, 
note. Writes to Edward Hull, 88. Writes 
to Edward Taylor concerning sugar sent 
him, 88. Writes to Mr. Thomas Crosby 
for oil, 89. Writes to Samuel Smith of 
Eastham, 89. Intends going to Eng- 
land, 89. Sends Edward Hull molasses 
and oil, 89. Writes to Maj. Richard 
Dummer of his brother's sickness, 89. 
His pleasure at the advancement of the 
gospel at Antigua, 90. Wishes to send 
Robert Grundy in Indian expedition, 91, 
92, note. Takes passage for England, 
92. His visit to England, 92, note. 
His kindly remembrances of Thomas 
Parker and Charles Chauncy, 93. His 
fears of a war fleet visiting the West 
Indies, 94. Sends a package to Mr. 
Taylor by Perry, 94. His arrival home 
from England, 95, 97. Mentions the 
Council's letter, 95. Writes to uncle 
Quincy desiring his prayers, etc., and 
enclosing warrant of W. Veasy, 95. 
His imports from England, 96. Writes 
to England presenting his service to all 
his friends there, 96. His sister's child 
sick with the small-pox at Newbury, 

96. Mentions small-pox at Boston, 96, 

97. Collects some rents and sends to 
Mrs. Usher, 97. Writes to Edward 
Taylor, and warns him against John 
Perry breaking open letters, 98. Writes 
to brother Stephen, concerning deed 
of sale of salt-house, 99. Writes to 
Joseph Eliot, Guilford, 99. Acting 
Judge in the case of Watts v. Allen, 
100, note, 102, note. Writes to Ed- 
ward Hull, 102. His title to land in 
Winnisimmet, 102, note. His cry of 
anguish at being upbraided by Mrs. 
Elizabeth Bellingham, 104, note. Un- 
able to attend a meeting at Pettaquam- 
scut, 105. Willing to assist in support- 
ing a minister at Pettaquamscut, 106. 
Consigns goods to Nathaniel Barns, 108. 
Receives letters from friends on his 
return home from England, 108 Writes 
to Mrs. Sarah Wa'lley, Bristol, 110. 



Samuel Sewall — Continued. 

Sends a barrel of salt to Maj. Salton- 
stall and sympathizes with him for liv- 
ing in a frontier town, 110. Writes to 
Increase Mather, 110. Writes to Seth 
Shove, 110. Mentions disappearance 
of Capt. Benjamin Davis, 110. Writes 
to Uncle Dummer, 110. Writes to 
William Hutchinson concerning cer- 
tain accounts, 111. Sends Peter Bulk- 
ley his account with estate of Capt. 
John Hull, 111. Writes to his father 
of the death of his little daughter 
Judith, 112. Writes to cousin Hull, 
by Mr. Sergeant and sends Indian 
scalps, 113. Sends his mother a scarf, 
113. Writes to Edward Milton, of 
Sandwich, about the meeting-house, 
113. Writes to Mr. Fance of Plymouth 
about the meeting-house at Sandwich, 
113. Writes to Joseph Morse of Sher- 
born about their meeting-house, 113. 
Made executor of will of William Need- 
ham, 114. Consigns goods to Samuel 
Veazie, 114. Writes to uncle Dummer, 
etc., 114. Writes to John Goldwire, of 
Baddesly, Eng., 114. Sends bill of 
lading for goods consigned to Joseph 
Sergeant, 115. Sent certain orders to 
John Woodbridge and Daniel Pierce, 

115. Mentions several places which 
need to be defended against a French 
attack, 115. Writes to Nehemiah Grew, 

116. Concerning a certificate of Mrs. 
Bridget Usher's marriage, 116. Leaves 
writ with Mr. Bromfleld, 116. Writes 
to John Ive, 116. Mentions his cousin 
Quincy's death, 116. Orders a pay- 
ment of £5 to Stephen Mason, 116. 
Sends to John Ive, for " Pole's English 
Annotations," 116. Sends to cousin 
Hull, for fringe for chairs and cask of 
madder, 117. Writes to Samuel Swain, 
Jr., asking aid for his sister Longfellow, 

117. Writes to Eliakim Mather, 117. 
Sends £50 to Stephen Mason, England, 

118. Writes to John Ive, about the 
account of ship " Seaflower," 118. 
Pays the bequest of William Needham 
to his brother, 119. A memorandum 
of bonds delivered to Mr. Christopher 
Wehb, 121. Writes to Capt. Tupper, 
Capt. William Smith, etc., 122. Pur- 
chases books, intending to learn Spanish 
language, 123. Retires from the military 
company, 123. Birth of his daughter 
Mary, 124. Desires Madam Usher to 
procure another agent, 124. Will give 
land at Point Judith for use of the 
ministry, 124. Writes to Major Walley 
concerning the division of Point Judith, 
124. A commissioner to arrange an 
expedition against Quebec, 126, note. 

» Sends to England for sheet lead, a bell, 
and blocks of stone, 129-130. Pays Mary 
Linton five shillings, 130. Writes to Ed- 

Samuel Sewall — Continued. 

ward Hull, sending a bill of exchange 
on William Burrough, 132, 133. Writes 
to Maj. Hutchinson, about the payment 
of Capt. Willis's soldiers, 132. Pays 
Madam Usher £15, 132. Writesto Maj. 
Walley about the division of Narragan- 
sett land, 132. Lets his share of Point 
Judith to Nathaniel Niles, 132. Sends 
some gloves to James Noyes, 133. Lends 
£10 to John Williams, 133. Writes to 
Henry Storke, concerning money re- 
ceived, 133. Orders a bill of exchange 
to Edward Hull, 134. Consigns mack- 
erell to William Adams, Barbadoes, 
133, 134. Writes to Nathaniel Niles to 
make drawing of his lot at Pettaquam- 
scut, 135. Writes to Mr. Moodey, 135. 
Orders sugar, etc., from Barbadoes, 
136. The goods he desires to have 
legacies payed in, 139. His interest in 
a deed of feoffment for Mrs. Usher, 
142. Interview with Mr. Usher con- 
cerning certain rent, 143. Charges 
Mrs. Usher five per cent for collecting 
rents, 143. Sails for England, 143, 
note. Entries in his diary while there, 
144, note. Attends service at St. Mary's 
church, 149, 155. Is disturbed at the 
organ accompaniment to the singing of 
psalms there, 155. Pays money to Mr. 
Bromfield on account of Mrs. Usher, 
149. Tabular statement of his ac- 
counts with Mrs. Usher, 150. Sends 
to England for silk dress for his wife, 
153. At Oxford with Rev. Increase 
Mather, 155. Sends present of gloves 
to Mr. and Mrs. Goldwire, 156. Writesto 
John Ive, inclosing bill of exchange, 157. 
Letterto SamuelBellingham, 158. Sends 
mourning rings toEdward Hull, 158,159. 
Desires to buy some land of Samuel 
Bellingham, 158, 160, 192. The location 
of the homestead in which he lived, 100, 
note. Desires to buy house and land of 
Charles Blinco, 162. Proposes a ques- 
tion to Mr. Mather for Commencement, 
163. Has news of the death of an uncle 
in England, 165. Receives some money 
from Stephen Sewall, 165. A legatee 
of Mr. Clark, of Milford, 166. Interested 
in the redemption from captivity of 
Thacher and Bull, 168, 207. Writes 
letter of condolence to Nathaniel Dum- 
mer, 168. Ships goods on board the 
" Hope " to England, 169. Birth of his 
thirteenth child, 171. Sends present to 
Mrs. Usher in memory of his mother, 
171. Writes to Capt. John Bishop in 
New Jersey, 171. Writes to Thomas 
Cotton, London, and sends copy of deed, 
179. Copy of his account with Israel 
Chauncey and letter to him, 180. Con- 
gratulates Gov. William Partridge, 180. 
Death of his little Sarah, 181. Sends 
to England for dresses for his children, 



Samuel Sewall — Continued. 
191. Leases a tenement and land to 
Mary Dafforne, 199. Sends to Am- 
sterdam for sheeting and other ar- 
ticles, 199. Writes to Samuel Mather 
in London, 201. Writes to John Stork, 
202. Writes to Mrs. Alice Dummer, 
Eng., 202. Writes to his friend Samuel 
Parris, 20-']. Sympathizes with John 
Ive on death of his son, 204. Concern- 
ing his rents at Rumsey, England, 
207. Sermons of Rev. Mr. Noyes 
circulated by Samuel Sewall, 209. 
His account with Thomas Thacher of 
Yarmouth of redemption money, 210. 
Writes to Edward Hull concerning the 
redemption money, 212. Bewails the 
sin and mortality of the world, 215. 
Member of Superior Court, 215. Urges 
Nathaniel Higginson to return to New 
England to live, 216. Invites Rev. Mr. 
Noyes to a religious debate, 217. Writes 
to Capt. Thomas Carter, 217. His in- 
quiries concerning the aboriginal in- 
habitants of China and Japan, 217. 
His peculiarity in giving titles to per- 
sons in office, 217, note. Copy of an 
account of sand taken from Cotton Hill 
by several persons, 218. Sum paid on 
Mrs. Pierson's mortgage, 218. Con- 
cerning Mrs. Belliugham's deed of land 
to him, 219. Mentions Louis XIV. 
as the French Pharioh, 220. Writes 
to Israel Chauncey, 226. Mentions 
that yellow substance rained, 227 and 
note. Associates his meditations on 
universal Christianity with the Scots' 
action at the Isthmus of Darien, 227. 
Eears the power of the Governor of 
Carthagena upon the work of the Scots 
at Darien, 228. Regrets that the Scotch 
have no footing in America, 228. Prints 
a disquisition on his Meditation on 
Christianity in America, 228. Compares 
the company of Scotland and their ex- 
pedition to the sixth angel of the 
Apocalypse, 228. Writes to Mr. Ray- 
mond offering to sell his land at Block 
Island, 230. Takes possession of the 
Usher mansion and installs Mrs. Usher 
there, 231. His ideas concerning mis- 
sionary work among the Indians, 232. 
Death of his father, 236. Orders several 
books from London, 237. Writes to 
Mr. Partridge and pays Henry D wight 
express, 240. Desires Lord Bellomont's 
inHuence in regard to a charter for 
Harvard College, 241. Makes an 
appeal to Lord Bellomont for John 
llolinan, a soldier, 241. Rents his 
stable to the Earl of Bellomont, 241 
and note. Writes to .Samuel Rolfe to 
pay his debt, 242. Writes to Jonathan 
Woodman to pay his debt, 242. Sends 
money to Col. Pynchon to pay certain 
workmen, 242. Writes to Duncan 

Samuel Sewall — Continued. 

Campbell at New York, 244. Writes 
to Paul Dudley, sends him " The Selling 
of Joseph," 245. Receives the Old 
Testament in Spanish from Mr. Dudley, 
246. Endeavors to collect his debt from 
Jobn Williams, 246, 247. Receives some 
books from John Love, 247. Urges 
Nathaniel Higginson to come to New 
England, 248, 25b. Desires to sell 
some sawmills to Mr. Plaisted, 251. 
His verses on the opening of the new 
century mentioned, 253. Sympathizes 
with Edward Taylor on the death of 
his son, 253. Sent verses, &c, to 
Henry Newman of Newfoundland, 25b. 
Writes to Abraham Dupeister inclosing 
sermons, 257. His interest in land on 
the Newitchawannock river, 257. Writes 
to Mr. Vreeman, 257. Receives books 
by Capt, Mason, 259. Writes to Rev. 
James Pierpont, concerning the govern- 
ment at Yale College, 239. Lends 
" Calvin's Institutions " to Rev. Samuel 
Moodey, 260. Writes to John Love 
concerning a legacy for Mrs. Sarah 
Bennet, 261. Sends to John Love for 
certain books, 261. Urges Nathaniel 
Higginson against passing the Charter 
Act, 262. Sent Mr. Willard's Fast Day 
sermons to John Ive, 262. His anxiety 
concerning the division of Connecticut, 
262. Is much grieved at hearing that 
Rev. Cotton Mather is offended with 
him, 263, 266. Writes to his aunt Alice 
Dummer, 265. Writes to John Storke, 
266. Sends money to pay Mr. Freeman, 
teacher among the Indians, 266. A 
daughter born to him in his fiitieth 
year, 267. Inquires of Jeremiah Dum- 
mer concerning the Jews, 268. Sees a 
cometic blaze in the heavens, 268. 
Desires a calendar giving old and new 
style time, 269. His grief at the death of 
Mehetabel Moodey, 274. Concerning 
money lent to Mrs. Martha Collins, 274. 
Considers the buying of house and land 
at Roxbury for his son, 276. Writes to 
Edward Taylor, 277. His reflections on 
the death of Rev. Israel Chauncy, 282. 
Writes to James Noyes inclosing ser- 
mons, 283. Petition of, to Thomas 
Holbrook and others, concerning boun- 
dary of his land, 284. His understand- 
ing of the Parable of the Sower, 287. 
Death of his grandson, 288. His disin- 
clination to a wig, 288. His ideas of 
Chnst taking possession of the universe, 
289. His ideas concerning the angel 
of Revelation, 294. Desires to have the 
Spanish Bible printed, 297. Recom- 
mends certain changes in a new trans- 
lation of the Bible, 297. His interpre- 
tation of the river Euphrates referring 
to the Turks according to Revelation, 
298. Orders from England dress goods 



Samuel Sewall — Continued. 
for himself and wife, 299. Writes to 
Samuel Stow, 300. Writes to cousin 
Storke, 301. His action in the trial of 
the pirate Quelch, 301. Proposes a 
Latin salutation to Mr. Chiever in the 
new school-house, 302. Writes to Mr. 
Taylor at Westfield, 304. Sends to 
England for books, 310. Sends a Latin 
verse to Rev. Cotton Mather, 314. 
Verses written for him by Rev. Nehe- 
rniah Hobart, 315. Writes an article on 
the unlawful trading of negroes, 322 
and note. Mentions his distich on the 
wars in Europe, 324. Sends sermons 
&c, to Joseph Lord, at Carolina, 324. 
Sends almanacs to Rev. John Williams, 
324. Hopes for the christianization of 
New Spain (Carolina), 325. Desires 
the prayers of Rev. John Higginson 
concerning the drying up of the Euphra- 
tes, 326. Writes to James Noyes, 328. 
His judgment in the College Hall case, 
328. Mentions his brother's intentions 
of bringing the captives home from 
Canada, 330. Einds a situation for 
Mr. White, carpenter, 331. Desires 
prayers for his son Joseph, 332. Ex- 
presses his opinion of the action of 
the General Court in trying the illegal 
traders, 334. Writes to Sir William 
Ashhurst concerning his trouble with 
the General Court, 335. Refuses to sit 
with the court during a certain trial, 
335. Orders some dress goods from 
England. 338. Expresses his opinion 
of Paul Dudley being court attorney, 
339. Writes to Samuel Moodey, 340. 
He desires that England should pos- 
sess Port Royal in Nova Scotia, 340. 
Settlement of his accounts with the 
heirs of Daniel Nenchman, 341. In- 
terview with Nathaniel Henchman 
about selling him the tenement, 343. 
Mrs. Henchman's indebtedness to him 
for rent, 344. Considers himself and 
wife unkindly treated by Mrs. Hench- 
man, 344. Writes to Nathaniel Pain 
at Bristol, 346. Letter to Gov. Jo- 
seph Dudley, 347. Composes a dis 
tich in consideration of his safe jour- 
neyings to Ipswich, etc., 350. Ships 
some provisions, etc., to her Majesty's 
army, 351. Sends money to John 
Lydius to gospelize the Indians, 353. 
His vote concerning Gov. Joseph Dud- 
ley, 354 and note. Writes to Samuel 
Partridge, 354. His action in council 
concerning the charge against Gov. 
Dudley, 362. Writes to John Storke, 
363. Writes to Edward Hull thanking 
him for kindness shown, 363. Writes 
to John Ive, incloses sermons, 363. 
Writes to cousin Sarah Storke, 364. 
Considers April Fool day a day of sin- 
ful vanities, 365. Writes to John Ha- 

Samuel Sewall — Continued. 

thorne, 366. Memorandum concerning 
a scheme for subduing and settling 
Nova Scotia, 367. Writes to Gov. Sal- 
tonstall, 372. Writes to Edward Taylor 
at Westfield and sends sermons, etc., 
374. Writes to Samuel Mather of 
Windsor, 374. Pays Mr. Bromfield 
money for Samuel Danforth, 375. 
Advises Rev. Josiah Torrey a day of 
fasting and prayer for the Indians, 
376. Mentions the printing of the In- 
dian Bible, 379, 380. Expects the son 
of Rev. Joseph Gerrish a suitor for his 
daughter, 379. Reads the life of Plato, 
380. Writes to Samuel Niles of King- 
ston, R. I., 381. Condoles with Edward 
Taylor on death of his son, 381. Con- 
doles the death of Nathaniel Higginson, 
382. A fire set in his chamber closet 
by a mouse, 389. Sends a book to N. 
Noyes, 390. Sends a letter of condo- 
lence to cousin Hale upon death of his 
son, 390. Mentions his wife's failing 
health, 391. Writes to condole Ed- 
ward Taylor on death of his daughter, 
396. Sends sermons to James Noyes, 
398. Sends sermons to several friends 
at Milford, 398. Copies some verses 
on capture of Port Royal and C. Mr.'s 
(Cotton Mather's) diploma, 406, 407. 
Writes Mr. Moodey of the death of his 
daughter Gerrish, 408. Writes to Jo- 
seph Lord in Carolina, 408. Writes to 
John Storke, 411. Sends to Mr. Love 
for books, 411. Writes to Sir Charles 
Hobby, 412. Writes to Henry Newman, 
412. Thinks of resigning his position 
as treasurer, 412. Mentions that his 
wife and himself are growing old, 413. 
Writes to Edward Taylor, 413. His 
anxiety concerning Deacon Joshua 
Brown's adherence to the Church of 
England, 416, 418. Writes to Edward 
Taylor and sends sermons, II. 3. Was 
born in the same parish where his great- 
grandfather lived, 7. Mentions his 
children living and married, 7. Writes 
to John Williams, Dearfield, 8. A legal 
notice by, concerning a mill on Neponset 
River, 8. Sick with ague in his face, 9. 
Sends to John Love "for some books, 
10. Death of his children, 12. Num- 
ber of his children living, and dead, 12. 
Writes a vindication of Joseph, of Old 
Testament, 14. Writes to Wait Win- 
throp at New London, 14. Writes to 
James Noyes, Stonington, and sends ser- 
mons, 14. Writes to Nathaniel Byfield, 
Bristol, 14. Writes to John Sparhawk 
and sends sermon, 15. Writes to Edward 
Taylor, 16. Writes to John Love, 20. 
Resigns a certain trust in South meeting 
house, 21. " Phenomena Apocalyp- 
tica," a treatise by Samuel Sewall, 23. 
Trustee of Hopkins legacy, 29. Writes 



Samuel Sewall — Continued. 

to James Noyes, Stonington, 30. Writes 
to Eliphalet Adams, New London, sends 
him Greek Bible, 31. Writes to Seth 
Shove, Danbury, 31. Expresses him- 
self concerning Dudley Bradstreet, Jr., 
32. Money he has spent in settling 
Point Judith, 33. Gift of land to Har- 
vard College, 33. His gifts to the Nar- 
ragansett settlement, 33. Sends some 
i r,i cis to Rev. Jedediah Andros, 34. 
Semis some sermons to Timothy Wood- 
bridge, 35. His good wishes and 
prayers for King George, 36. Writes 
to John Storke, 36. Sends to John 
Storke for some dress goods, 37. Writes 
to Henry Newman, 39. Lines on the 
occasion of King George being pro- 
claimed at Boston, 30, note. Writes to 
Seth Shove, Danbury, 40. Writes to 
brother Gerrish, 40. Tabular state- 
ment of his rent from his tenement at 
Kumsey, Eng., 45. One of the com- 
mittee for signing bills of credit, 47. 
Writes to Seth Shove, Danbury, 48. 
Writes to Rev. Samuel Andrew, Mil- 
ford, 51. Made probate judge, 52. 
Writes to Edward Taylor, and sends 
sermons, 52. Writes to William Fel- 
lows, Portsmouth, 53. Sends to Mr. 
Storke desiring the statutes sent to 
him, 53. His pleasure at the coming 
of Col. Shute as Governor, 55-57. His 
admiration of the character of Rev. 
Joseph Caryl, 55. Grief concerning 
the accusations against Jeremiah Dum- 
mer, 57. Writes to John Stork, 58. 
Writes to Rev. James Noyes, Stoning- 
ton, 59. Writes to Rev. John Wil- 
liams, on the birth of a daughter 
to him, 59. Interested in obtaining 
an inheritance due James Balston, 62. 
Writes to brother Sewall on the death 
of Revs. Brattle, Pemberton, etc., 68. 
Writes to Gov. Dudley concerning 
debts of son's wife, 08. Writes to Rev. 
Moses Hale, and sends him presents, 
70. Writes to Samuel Partridge, Hat- 
field, on the death of his son, 70. Com- 
poses verses on the death of infant son 
of John Winthrop, F. R. S., 70. Sick- 
ness of his wife, 73. Reinstated in his 
offices of councillor, etc., 78. His hopes 
of the spreading of Christianity to the 
people dwelling in darkness, 80. Writes 
of the death of his wife to Jeremiah 
Dummer, 83. Latin verse quoted on 
the deaths in his family, 84. Mentions 
the death of his daughter Hirst, 84. 
Has buried his brother and four sisters, 
84. Sends books to John Storke to be 
given to his aunts, etc., 85. Address 
delivered at Charlestown on the death 
of Wait Winthrop, 86. His charge to 
the jury at Charlestown court, 87. The 
last member left of the charter coun- 

Samuel Sewall — Continued. 
cil, etc., 88. He desires to be made chief 
justice, 89. Sent to Rev. Mr. Andross, 
Philadelphia, " Valley of Baca," etc., 
89. His estate in Hampshire, Eng., 90. 
The case in admiralty of Arthur Sav- 
age, 91. Is indignant at the exclusion 
of the Hirst children from their pew, 92. 
Compliments Mrs. Usher on her daugh- 
ter, Mrs. Cotton, 94. Sends " Calvin 
on the Psalms," to Isaac Chauncy, 95. 
Writes to Rev. Solomon Stoddard, 95. 
Sends sermons, etc., to Rev. Samuel 
Mather, 97. Writes to Edward Taylor, 
97. His claim that rich and poor have 
equal claim for justice, 101. Writes to 
Rev. John Williams, Deerfield, 102. 
Writes to Mrs. Hannah Beaman, 102. 
Sends a ring to Rev. Increase Mather, 

103. His marriage with Mrs. Tilley, 

104, 108, 109. Has lost his organs of 
music (his fore teeth), 105. Memoran- 
dum of household articles to be bought 
for daughter Judith, 105, 107. Has 
buried ten children and ten grandchil- 
dren, 109. Writes to sister Northern!, 
110. Sends letter and present of £5 
to John Woodbridge, school-master at 
Newbury, 112. Condoles the death of 
Judge Higginson, 112. Writes to 
Thomas Noj'es and sends sermon, 112. 
Interested in the management of the 
church established at Kingston, R. I., 
113. Writes to Samuel Storke, 115. 
Arrival of the household goods for his 
daughter Judith, 1 15. Death of his sec- 
ond wife, 115, 116. Orders some books 
from England, 116 Receives letter of 
condolence on the death of his wife from 
Rev. Timothy Woodbridge, 117. His 
anxiety concerning the losing of the 
charter, 124. His enquiry concerning the 
government of navies, 124. Writes to 
Rev. William Homes at Chilmark, 126. 
Sends some pewter spoons to Bethiah 
Tuphas, 127. Prays for the conversion 
of the Irish, 127. Writes to Richard 
Waldron concerning boundary line be- 
tween Massachusetts and New Hamp- 
shire, 128. His interest in the conversion 
of the Indians, 128, note. Interested in 
the administration of estate of Henry 
Lyon, 128. His anxiety concerning the 
boundary line formed by the Merrimac, 
129, 130. Sends his wife's funeral ser- 
mon to Edward Taylor, 131. Sends his 
wife's wedding-ring as a present to 
Madam Beekman, 132. Entertains the 
idea of taking a third wife, 133. Deed 
to town of Boston, of an annuity for 
South End school, 134 and note. Gives 
an annuity to the South End school in 
remembrance of his wife Hannah, 134. 
Writes Hugh Adams concerning his 
verses against periwigs, 137. Asks Ed- 
ward Taylor's prayers on his intended 



Samuel Sewall — Continued, 

third marriage, 138. His distich on the 
tragedy of Black Friers, 141. His opin- 
ion concerning bounds and land-marks, 
142. How affected by the news of Yale 
College, 143. His anxiety of what harm 
the bishops may work in New England, 
144. He considers that the establish- 
ment of the Episcopal church in Boston 
signifies the drying up of the River 
Euphrates, near at hand, 144. Marries 
Mrs. Mary Gibbs, 146. Bearer to Mad- 
am Bridget Usher, 150. Writes to Mrs. 
Tryphena Grove, and sends presents, 
etc., 151. Sends presents of 40s. to Rev. 
Cotton Mather, and desires his prayers, 
151. He believes that the New Jerusa- 
lem will comprise mostly Jews, 1 55. His 
opinion concerning the national inter- 
ests of the Indians after conversion, 
155. He hopes the New Jerusalem 
may be located in America, 156. 
Writes to Henry Newman, 156. Sends 
some sermons to Jeremiah Dummer, 
157. Writes to his wife at Newton con- 
cerning a child born to Mrs. Cotton, 
157. Regrets destroying some letters 
written by Lady Russel, 158. He re- 
monstrates against the removal of the 
old meetinghouse at Sudbury, 159. 
His wife a great blessing to him, 160, 
162. Writes to Jonathan Dickinson, 
160. Sends to Samuel Storke for house- 
hold goods, etc., 161. Writes to Rev. 
Solomon Stoddard, 162. Intends to 
resign his place as treasurer of the 
Society for Propagation of Gospel, etc., 
162, 165, 166. His conjecture concern- 
ing the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, 
etc., 163. Writes to Experience May- 
hew, and sends sermons, 163. Writes to 
Edmund Quincey, Braintry, 163. Let- 
ter of Gov. Robert Ashhurst to, on his 
resignation as treasurer of Society for 
Propagation of the Gospel among the 
Indians, 168. Death of his daughter 
Hannah, 174. A Latin distich com- 
posed by, 174. Author of proposals 
touching the accomplishment of proph- 
ecies, etc., 175. Writes to Rev. Seth 
Shove, Danbury, 175. Author of verses 
on the " Merrimack" River, 175. Con- 
cerning his residence on Cotton Hill, 176, 
note. Makes over the effects of the 
company for Propagation, etc., to Adam 
Winthrop, 176. Disposal of books of the 
Society for Propagation of the Gospel 
for the year 1723-24, 177. Latin verse 
on marriage of John Wend all to Eliza- 
beth Quincey, 178. Of fourteen chil- 
dren he has only three living, 179, 180. 
His third wife proves a great blessing 
to him, 180. The descendants of his 
uncles and aunts are numerous be- 
yond his reckoning, 181. Antipathy 
against slavery, 182. Considers it an 

Samuel Sewall — Continued. 
honor to the planters of New England 
that they taught the aborigines to keep 
the Sabbath holy, 182. Writes to Gov. 
Wm. Burnet and sends sermons, etc., 183. 
Has served in the council thirty-three 
years, 184. Is unable to serve longer 
on account of enfeebled health, 184. 
Writes to Rev. Peter Thacher, Milton, 
187. Sends to Col. Phillips Dr. Sibbs's 
"Bruised Reed," 191. Writes to Mr. 
Taylor, Westfield, 191. Writes to Sam- 
uel Storke, 192. Writes to Nathaniel 
Dummer, 192. Composes a Latin coup- 
let on death of his brother, 193. Writes 
to Henry Sewall, Newbury, 194. Com- 
mends a translation of Joseph Mede, 197. 
His belief concerning the conversion of 
the Jews, etc., 197-200. Writes to 
Experience Mayhew, 202. Writes to 
Seth Shove and Experience May- 
hew, 208. Gives forty shillings to- 
wards a lending library, 208. His 
representation to the judges concerning 
the case of Mary Terrell of Ipswich, 
208. Has entered his seventy -fifth year 
and expects to be called soon to the 
better country, 209. Writes to Rev. 
Edward Taylor, Westfield, 210. His 
locomotive faculty much enfeebled, 211. 
Is comforted by a visit from Mrs. 
Hannah Moodey, 212. Requests of 
Samuel Storke a bill of exchange for 
Samuel Gerrish, 213. Is anxious to 
settle Madam Usher's estate, 213. 
Writes to Rev. Samuel Moodey, 216. 
Writes to Samuel Sewall, York, 216. 
Writes to Capt, Pepperell and thanks 
him for some fish and oil, 216. Dis- 
tributes £400 given by Rev. Thomas 
Cotton for charitable uses, 217. Letter 
to Rev. Thomas Cotton concerning the 
donation of £400 by him, 2 19. Sends one 
of Mr. Edwards' rings to his daughter 
Sewall, 221. Sends gloves and rings to 
Capt. Pepperrell and wife, 221. Writes 
to Walter Price, Salem, and sends rings, 
221. Chosen constable, 1678,223 Desires 
prayers in the church, after illness, 223. 
Writes to Rev, Timothy Woodbridge 
and sends sermons, 227. Lets the upper 
farm in Shrewsbury, 227, 242. Memo- 
randum concerning a certain post on 
his land, 227. Writes to Col. Quincy, 
Bristol, and sends sermons, 228. A 
controversy concerning his land at 
Dunstable, 228- He describes the shock 
of an earthquake, 229. His land on 
School St., 231. Writes to Rev. Timothy 
Woodbridge, 232. Writes to Experi- 
ence Mayhew, 232. Dissents from the 
brethren of the South Church on build- 
ing a new meeting-house, 233. Con- 
siders the late earthquake a warning 
from God not to build, 233. Writes 
to Rev. John Williams and sends ser- 



Samuel Sewall — Continued. 
rnona, 234. Writes to Kev. Mr. Moodey, 
York, 240. Gives .£50 pounds of Kev. 
Thomas Cotton's donation to Timothy 
White, Nantucket, 240. Writes to 
sister Northend, 241. Leases his coach- 
house and stable to John Lucas, 241. 
Rev. Elisha Williams confirms his 
opinion as to the New Jerusalem, 244. 
Went to Newport, in 1(309, to meet Lord 
Bellomont, 244. Writes to Kev. Moses 
Noyes, Lyme, 246. Indications of ad- 
vancing years, 240, note. Asks a dis- 
mission from Chief Justice and Judge 
of Probate, 247. Adjusts his account 
with Henry Howell, 248. Describes a 
rainbow seen by him and takes it as a 
token of Christ's covenant for the Jews, 
248, 257. Writes to Rev. Nehemiah Wal- 
ter, Roxbury, 249. Writes to Rev. Mr. 
Moodey, York, 249. His "Phaenomaena 
Apocalyptica," 250. Receives a letter 
from Nathaniel Dummer, 254. De- 
lights in singing the hundred and 
twenty-first psalm, 256. His land at 
Pennicook, 256. Writes a letter of 
recommendation for Joseph Marion, 
261. Inquires of Samuel Storke whether 
nightingales would live in this climate, 
261. Sends a present of forty shillings 
to Rev. Thomas Prince, 261. Sends 
a present of two five-pound bills to 
Rev. William Cooper, 261. Recalls to 
mind old scenes enjoyed in England, 262. 
Is in his seventy-seventh year, and 
still prays for strength against coming 
infirmities, 262. Wishes to sell some 
marsh land at Milton, 265. Sends a 
book to Samuel Stork by Mr. Belcher, 
265. Writes to Nathaniel Gookin, 
Hampton, 267. Writes to Rev. Sam- 
uel Marshall, Falmouth, 267. Will 
allow Mr. Cushing something towards 
building a barn, 267. Writes to Sam- 
uel Storke, 268. Sends sermons and 
tracts to many friends, 269. Expresses 
his opinion of Andrew's playing on the 
violin, and gives him an angel, 270. 
Sends to London to subscribe for 
Thomas Ridglcy's "Body of Divin- 
ity," 271. Death of, mentioned, 275, 
note. Rides at funeral of Madam Usher, 
304. Dies, and is buried in the tomb of 
John Hull, 311. Mentioned as a wit- 
ness, 315. He and his wife Hannah 
make Thomas Mumford attorney over 
their land at Point Judith, 318. 

[Letters by or to Samuel Sewall are in- 
dexed under the names of the writers.] 

Sewall, Mrs. Samuel (Abigail), second 
wife, death of, II. 115, 116, 122. Con- 
cerning an inventory of her estate, 
115. Buried in tomb of John Hull, 

Sewall Mrs. Samuel (Hannah), first wife, 
her inheritance of a portion of Point 

Judith, I. 25, note. Letter to Love 
Eowle at Bermuda, 35, 36, note. Signs 
a deed, 199. Illness of, II. 31. Death 
of, 74, 75, 79. An annuity given for 
South End school, by Samuel Sewall 
in remembrance of, 135. Buried in 
tomb of John Hull, 311. 

Sewall, Mrs. Samuel (Mary), third wife, 
II. 146. 

Sewall, Samuel, Jr., son of Judge Sam- 
uel, I. 36 ; II. 13, 179. Letter to John 
Sawyer, Lancaster, 277. To George 
Everden, Milton, 276. To Samuel Pain, 
Braintry, 276. To Samuel Dummer, 

276. To William Copland, Braintry, 

277. To Enoch Hunt, Weymouth, 

278. To William Rider, Sherbourn, 
concerning the appraisement of certain 
farms, 278. To John Fisher, Dedham, 
278, 283, 286. To John Sawyer, Lan- 
caster, 279. To Nicholas Phillips, Wey- 
mouth, 280. To Samuel Dummer, Wo- 
burn, 280. To Joseph Gerrish, New- 
bury, 281. To Seath Dwight, 283, 285. 
To David Haines, concerning the ap- 
praisement of certain farms, 283. To 
Henry Farwell, Dunstable, 284. To 
Madam Cotton, concerning his father's 
account with the estate of Madam 
Usher, 287. Petition to town of Bos- 
ton, concerning an annuity given by his 
father for a school, 288. To Henry 
Farwell, Dunstable, concerning land 
belonging to estate of his father, 290, 
291. Pall-bearer to Mrs. Green, 295. 
Present to his son of a crown from 
Madam Dudley, 295. Death of his 
aunt Short, 295. Took Samuel Thayer 
to live with him, 295. His barn is 
raised, 295. Hires sheep from Colonel 
Paige and Syrnon Gates, 295. Bearer 
for Mrs. Phips, had gloves and ring, 
296. Gives his daughter Hannah a 
guinea with Latin inscription, 296. 
A bearer to Mrs. A spin wall, had gloves, 
296. Goes with his wife to the fast at 
Roxbury, 296. Sends to Madam Dud- 
ley for a hive of bees, 296. Mentions 
the sailing of the fleet for Canada, 296. 
Dined at Capt. Bridge's, 297. Goes with 
his wife to ordination of Mr. Thayer, 
Roxbury, 297.*" His daughter Mary had 
a convulsion, 297. Bearer to Thomas 
Gardner, had gloves, 297. At ordina- 
tion at Charlestown, 297. Gave Bibles 
to Thomas Hutchins and Sarah Cum- 
mins, 297. Dined at Capt. Nathaniel 
Dowse's, 297. Goes to the funeral of 
his niece, Lucy Dudley, 298. At ordi- 
nation of John Cotton, 298. At ordina- 
tion of Kev. John Webb, 298. Attends 
the funeral of aunt Ling, 298. Dines 
at Mr. Hobart's, 298. Receives gloves 
upon the marriage of John Walley, 298. 
Dismissed by Rev. W. Walter from his 
church, and joins the church of Rev. 



Mr. Allen at Brookline, 299. A private 
church meeting at his house, 800. Goes 
to his aunt Willard's funeral, 300. His 
father lodges at his house, 300. His 
little son Henry has fits, 301. Goes 
to funeral of Rev. Jeremiah Shep- 
ard, Lynn, 301. Death of his father-in- 
law, Governor Dudley, 301. His sister 
Cooper came to live at his house, 301. 
His sister Hannah visits him, 301. Has 
gloves and cake on the marriage of Col. 
William Dudley, 30L Bearer at night 
funeral of Joseph Gardner's wife, 302. 
Goes to funeral of Col. Jonathan Tyng, 
304. Took the oath of Justice, 304. 
Mentions an extraordinary high tide, 
304. At funeral of Rev. Increase Ma- 
ther, 304. Rides at funeral of Madam 
Usher, 304. His brother Joseph chosen 
President of Harvard College, 305. 
Makes a dam to keep the water out of 
his Round Marish, 306. His father gives 
himself, wife, and son a legacy from his 
sister Hannah, 306. Bearer for Madam 
Willoughby, 306. His father rides to 
funeral of Rev. Peter Thatcher with 
his brother Joseph, Mr. Cooper, etc., 
307. Mentions the shock of earthquake, 

307. Goes to funeral of Capt. Samuel 
Aspinwall, 307. Death of his uncle 
Stephen's widow, 308. Mentions ar- 
rival of Cousin Dummer from England, 

308. Mentions Richard Bishop, a boy 
from England, 308. Directs payments 
to heirs of Madam Usher, in London, 
308. Mentions birth of his mother 
Sewall, 308. A memorandum from 
the gravestone of his great-grandfather 
Hull, 308. Notes from his memorandum 
book, 308. Death of his uncle William 
Moodey, Newbury Falls, 308. Death 
of his uncle Henry Short, 308. Men- 
tions funeral of Major Atherton, 308. 
Notes from his letters to his cousin 
Samuel Stork, 308. Account of per- 
sons buried in grandfather Hull's tomb, 
310. And wife Rebecca, indenture 
made with Paul Dudley and Joseph 
Sewall, clerk, granting their property 
in trust to their daughter Hannah, 312. 
Renewal of his baptismal covenant, 315. 
Death of, at Brookline, and funeral, 320. 
Buried in Mr. Allen's tomb, 320 and 

Sewall, Mrs. Samuel, Jr. (Bebecca), letter 

of Samuel Sewall to, I. 278. Death of, 

II. 320. 
Sewall, Samuel, son of Stephen, of Salem, 

ship-chandler, II. 75, 76, 85. Letter of 

Samuel Sewall to, 138. 
Sewall, Samuel, son of Rev. Joseph, 

II. 107, 108, 181, 310. 
Sewall, Samuel, nephew of Judge Samuel, 

a tenant in Madam Usher's house, II. 

204. Married Mr. Lee's granddaughter, 


Sewall, Samuel, of York, II. 216. 

Sewall, Samuel, London, letter of Judge 
Samuel Sewall to, II. 264. 

Sewall, Samuel, son of Samuel, Jr., II. 
295. Death of, 310. 

Sewall, Samuel, cousin to Judge Samuel, 
I. 351. 

Sewall, cousin Samuel, and family ordered 
to Spectacle Island, having been inocu- 
lated for small-pox, II. 302. Drowning 
of his wife's sons, 307. 

Sewall, Sarah, child of Judge Samuel, 
death of, I. 181 ; II. 310. 

Sewall, Stephen, brother to Judge Samuel, 
I. 24, 27, 33, 41, 82, 121, 134 ; II. 229, 308. 
Allowed a certain bill by Samuel, I. 35. 
Concerning the discharge of his debts, 
38. Pays some money to Samuel Sew- 
all, 165. Letter of, to John Ive, 233. 
Letter of, to Edward Hull, 234. Clerk 
of inferior court at Salem, 288. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to, 289. Death 
of, II. 193, 2L2, 306. 

Sewall, Mrs. Stephen (Margaret), Salem, 
letter of Samuel Sewall to, II. 270. 
Death of, 308. 

Sewall, Stephen, infant son of Judge Sam- 
uel, II. 310. 

Sewall, Thomas, Cambridge, sermon of 
Mr. Moodey on, mentioned, II. 59. 
Death of, 1716, 299. 

Shamburg, General, in King William's 
army, I. 94. 

Sharp, Mr. William, administrator of his 
son-in-law's estate, II. 164. Bearer to 
Thomas Gardner, 298. Bearer for Sam- 
uel Sewall, Jr., 320. Bearer for Mrs. 
Samuel Sewall, Jr., 320. 

Shattuck, Rev. Benjamin, Littleton, the 
recipient of eight pounds, II. 206, 

Sheaf, Jacob, going to London, I. 43. 
Concerning bill of exchange with, 49. 
A piece of land granted to, by Tabitha 
Butler, II. 231. 

Sheet lead, Samuel Sewall's order for, I. 

Shelden, , in expedition to Port Royal, 

I. 353. 

Shelden, John, bearer of letter to Rev. 
John Williams, I. 323. 

Sheldon, , I. 328. 

Shelton, John, trustee of Mrs. Bellingham, 

I. 219 and note. 

Shepard, Mr., of Woodbridge, I. 214. 
Shepard, Rev. Jeremiah, Lynn, death of, 

II. 301. 

Shepard, Samuel, bearer of letter for 
Samuel Sewall, I. 272. Death of his 
mother, 309. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, concerning William Loveridge's 
mortgage, 309. Letters of Samuel 
Sewall to, 346, 348, 349, 353, 355. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to, concerning a 
debt, 350. 

Shepard, Mrs. Samuel, I. 347, 349. 



Shepard, Kev. Thomas, Cambridge, I. 

Shepardson, William, master of ship " In- 
dustry," II. 191,224,268. 

Sherborn, Mass., concerning a new meet- 
ing-house at, I. 03, 113. 

Sherlock, , serves a writ on Jeremiah 

Belcher at Hog Island, I. 87. 

Sherman, Mr., surveys land for Samuel 
Sewall, I. 283. 

Sherman, James, receives two hundred 
pounds from town of Sudbury, I. 

Shields, Alexander, a Scotch minister of 
the Darien expedition, I. 227, note. 

Shipen, E., sum paid on Mrs. Pierson's 
mortgage, I. 218. 

Short, Cousin, a student at Harvard Col- 
lege, I. 306. 

Short, Henry, death of, Newburv, II. 308. 

Short, Mrs. Henry, death of, II."295. 

Short, John, Bilboa, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, ordering freight for the 
ketch " Fidelity," I. 65. Concerning a 
consignment to, 92. 

Short, Rev. Matthew, Norton, the recip- 
ient of ten pounds from Rev. Thomas 
Cotton, II. 206, 218. 

Short, Thomas, I. 340, 372. 

Shove, Mr., of Fairfield, I. 255. 

Shove, Sir, I. 76. 

Shove, Seth, proposed by Samuel Sewall 
as schoolmaster at Newbury, I. 49, 63, 
398 ; II. 175, 208. A protege of Samuel 
Sewall, I. 88, note. Concerning a 
school, 110. Letter of Samuel Sewall, 
to, concerning his teaching, 112. 
Samuel Sewall writes to him and sends 
books, II. 31. 

Shovel, Sir Cloudesley, at siege of Toulon, 
I. 300 and note. 

Shrewsbury, Sewall owns a farm at, II. 
227. A private way to be laid out in 
town of, 266. 

Shrimpton, Epaphras, I. 250. 

Shrimpton, Mary, marries Robert Gibbs, 
and then Samuel Sewall, II. 146. 

Shrimpton, Samuel, death of, I. 195. 
Mentioned in Mrs. Pierson's mortgage, 
218. Mentioned, II. 3. 

Shute, John (Barrington), II. 60, note. 
See Barrington, John. 

Shute, Gov. Samuel, occupied the Prov- 
ince House, I. 241, note. A descendant 
of Rev. Joseph Caryl, II. 55-57. Ex- 
pected as Governor, 55, 56. Letters of 
Samuel Sewall to, 67, 73. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, desiring to be made 
chief justice, 89. Petition of Arthur 
Savage to, concerning ship "Province 
Galley," 91. Departure from Boston, 
148. Memorandum of Samuel Sewall, 
letter to, 157. Report of His Majesty's 
Attorneys, on the Memorial of, K>4. 
Letter on the Acts of Admiralty, 210. 
Bearer for Madam Dudley, 303. 

Sibbs, Dr., his tract, " Bruised Reed," II. 

Simkins, John, a witness in case of Mrs. 

Usher's claim, I. 224. 

Simon, , an Indian minister, II. 127. 

Simon, Isaac, Mashpaw, letter of Samuel 

Sewall to, II. 255. 
Simons, Zachariah, of Bradford, I. 185. 
Sisson, John, New Bristol, imprisoned 

for refusal to assess certain taxes, II. 

Sketomp, Joseph, II. 163. 
Skinner, George, chosen constable, 11.222. 
Small Pox, the, in Boston, I. 45, 96, 277; 

II. 302. 
Smith, Ebenezer, of Saybrook, a sufferer 

from war, I. 191. 
Smith, Eliza, death of, I. 380. 
Smith, Lieut. John, a tenant of Governor 

Bellingham, I. 9. 
Smith, Capt. John, nominated councillor. 

Smith, John, surveyor at Newport, R. I., 

I. 135. 
Smith. Samuel, Eastham, I. 89. His ac- 
count with Samuel Sewall, 125. 
Smith, Judge Samuel, Sandwich, on trial 

for killing his negro, II. 101. 
Smith, Mrs. Sarah, Bristol, II. 183. 
Smith, Capt. William, letter of Samuel 

Sewall to, with bill of lading, I. 122. 
" Smoking Flax, inflamed," a tract, II. 89. 
" Sober Remarks," a discourse, II. 160. 
Southampton, Eng., I. 21. 
Souther, John, I. 81. 
South Meeting-house, letter of Samuel 

Sewall concerning the repairing of, II. 

233. Demolished, 264. 
Southmayd, Mr., mariner, I. 189. 
Spalding, Edward, executor of will of 

William Needham, I. 119. 
Spanish Bible, Samuel Sewall's desire to 

have it printed, I. 297. 
Sparhawks, Mr., II. 296. 
Spencer, Charles, Lord Sunderland, I. 

Springfield Case, the, Samuel Sewall's 

opinion on, II. 173. 
St. Christopher's Island, in trade with 

Boston in 1088, I. 4. Ravages of the 

French at, and relief sent to, II. 24. 
St. Mary's chapel, a statue of Richard 

Beauchamps there, II 309. 
St. Paul's Church, Newburyport, Mass., 

I. 416, note. 
Standish, Alexander, mentioned, I. 16. 
Stanyan, Temple, letter written by, II. 

Staples, Mrs. Mary, I. 365. 
Stapleton, Governor, I. 2. 
Star, Rev. Comfort, death of, II. 6 and 

Statutes at Large, sent to Thomas Noyes 

for use in court, II. 112. 
Stedman, Thomas, death of his wife, II. 




Steel (Stawell), Lord, I. 205 and note. 
Steel, Madam, death of, II. 148. 
Stephens, Capt., of ship "John and Peter," 

I. 371. 
Sterns, widow, of Watertown, I. 141. 
Stevens, Rev. Joseph, at ordination, II. 

297. Death of, from small-pox, 302. 
Stirling, John, letter concerning Rev. 

James McSparran, II. 120. 
Stocking, Samuel, of Middleton, a sufferer 

from war, I. 191. 
Stoddard, Mrs., I. 353. 
Stoddard, Mrs., Chelmsford, death of, II. 

Stoddard, Anthony, executor of Governor 
Bellingham's will, I. 9. A trustee of 
Governor Bellingham's will, 103, note. 
Mentioned, 262. 
Stoddard, Anthony, Woodbury, II. 48. 
Stoddard, Mrs. Anthony (Mary), concern- 
ing an annuity due her, I. 128. 
Stoddard, David, death of, II. 149. 
Stoddard, Eliakim, concerning his going 

to sea, I. 83. 
Stoddard, Simeon, mentioned, I. 5. Mem- 
ber of Council, 311. Trustee of the Ed- 
ward Hopkins legacy, II. 29. In ac- 
count with Samuel Sewall, 96. Bearer 
to Madam Bridget Usher, 150, 304. His 
bond due to estate of Madam Usher, 
Stoddard, Rev. Solomon, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, I. 83. Mentioned, 94; II. 
162. His book printed in London, I. 
256. His Northampton sermon an- 
swered by Cotton Mather, 372, 374. 
Extract of letter from, II. 131. His 
" Questions and Answers," 140, 146, 157, 
175. His discourse on gospelizing the 
Indians, 160. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, at N. Hampton, on his (Stoddard's) 
feebleness, 259. Death of, 263. 
Stoddard, Mrs. Solomon, I. 83. 
Stoke, B., Southampton, Eng., I. 22. 
Stone, Rev. Nathaniel, of Harwich, letter 

of Samuel Sewall to, II. 40. 
Stone, Mrs. Nathaniel, II. 44. 
" Stone cut out of the Mountain," a work 

by Rev. Cotton Mather, II. 53. 
Stonington, Conn., donation of, for suffer- 
ers from Indians, I. 182. 
Storer, Mary, I. 354. 
Storer, Samuel, freight paid to, I 6. 
Storke, Cousin, sends money to Samuel 

Sewall, I. 133. 
Storke, John, Sr., England, I. 60, 85, 98, 
116, 357, 384. Letters of Samuel Sewall 
to, 51, 164, 207, 236, 331, 387. Holds 
money to credit of Samuel Sewall, 67. 
Concerning goods sent to Samuel Sew- 
all, 202. Death of, II. 4. 
Storke, John, Jr., letters of Samuel Sewall 
to, II. 4, 36, 44, 62, 81, 107, 116, 181. 
Daughter born to, 45. Death of, 191. 
Storke, Mrs. Mary, England, I. 332. 
Storke, Samuel, England, cousin to Samuel 

Sewall, I. 41, 60, 67, 85, 331 ; II. 4, 157, 
191, 265, 268. Leaves New England, 
44. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, on his 
arrival in London, and sends him wed- 
ding present, 74. Letters of Samuel 
Sewall to, 85, 107, 179, 212, 220, 224, 
253, 271. In account with Samuel 
Sewall, 116. Bill of lading of Madam 
Usher's effects sent to him, 187. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to, concerning 
the plate, clothes, etc., of Madam Usher 
sent to him, 206, 207. Advised by Sam- 
uel Sewall, Jr., to settle with Madam 
Cotton his father's account with the es- 
tate of Madam Usher, 287, 292. 

Storke, Sarah, England, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, giving an account of his 
children, II. 12. Cousin to Samuel 
Sewall, 62, 108, 181, 191, 192, 207, 221. 
Books sent by Samuel Sewall to, 85. 

Storke, Thomas, Rumsey, Eng., II. 45, 
191, 207. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
empowering him to transact business 
for him, 191. Holds certain money of 
Samuel Sewall, 254. 

Stoughton, Lieut.-Gov. William, nomi- 
nated councillor, I. 1. Witness to will 
of Governor Bellingham, 11. Pays re- 
spect to the memory of Thomas Dan- 
forth, 215. Also chief justice, 215, note, 
223. His accounts sent to Sir William 
Ashhurst, 239. His illness, 250, 256. 
Death of his negro coachman, 250 
Death of, mentioned, 282. Mentioned, 
318 ; II. 256. 

Stoughton Building, Cambridge, II, 303. 

Stow, Samuel, death of, at Middleton, I. 
321 and note. 

Stratford River, Conn., I. 262. 

Stretton, Richard, London, concerning 
purchase of books for Samuel Sewall, 
I. 123, 131, 153. Sale of some books 
belonging to him, II. 52. 

Sturgeon Creek (Kittery ), Me., 1. 43, note. 

Sucre, Charles de, Governor of Cartha- 
gena, letter of Samuel Sewall to, I. 

Sudbury, Mass., the removal of the old 
meeting-house, II. 159. 

" Summer Fruits," a treatise by Samuel 
Sewall, II. 22. 

Sun and Bible, Inn, I. 131. 

Superior Court, the members of, I. 215. 
Concerning the place for holding, 285. 

Swain, Major, I. 128. 

Swain, Samuel, Jr., his aid asked for the 
widow of William Longfellow, I. 117. 

" Swan," ship, David Robertson com- 
mander, I. 164. 

Swett, Benjamin, witness to a receipt, II. 

Swett, William, II. 249. 

Symmes, Rev. Zachariah, Charlestown, 
I. 128, note. 

" Synopsis Criticorum," etc, a rare book, 
I. 226, note. 




Tabor, Philip, New Bristol, imprisoned 
concerning certain taxes, II. 171. 

Tabular statement of Samuel Sewall's 
account with Mrs. Usher, I. 150. Of 
rent from Samuel Sewall's tenement at 
Rumsey, Eng., II. 45. 

Tailer (Taylor), Lieut.-Gov. William, 
trustee of the Edward Hopkins legacy, 
II. 29. Government devolves upon him 
in place of Governor Dudley, removed, 
60. Bearer to David Stoddard, 149. 
Member of Council, 184. Mentioned, 

"Take them off," use of the phrase, I. 

Taner, Capt, I. 76, 79. 

Tappan, uncle, Newbury, death of, 1717, 
II. 299. 

Tappan, Mr., death of his eldest son, II. 

Tappan, Christopher, ordination of, 1. 171. 

Tappan, Hannah, death of, 1699, I. 215. 

Tappan, Jacob, Newbury, death of, and of 
his two sons, 1725, II. 306. 

Tappan. See also Toppan. 

Taxes, certain, imposed upon towns of 
Tiverton and Dartmouth, by Act of 
1722, II. 171. 

Tay, Isaiah, selectman, Boston, II. 121. 

Tay, Jeremiah, bearer of letters for Sam- 
uel Sewall, I. 134. 

Taylor, widow, II. 67. 

Taylor, Mr., Windsor, Conn., I. 25. 

Taylor, Rev. Edward, Westfleld, has some 
business with Samuel Sewall, I. 88. 
Accounts with Samuel Sewall, 132. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, concerning 
the object of the vials, apocaliptic 
visions, etc., 171. Mentioned, 212, 277, 
328, 355, 364, 374; II. 3, 16, 83, 97, 131, 
191. Death of his son, I. 253. Death of 
liis daughter, 396. Letter and sermons 
from Samuel Sewall, 413. Sermons 
sent to, by Samuel Sewall, II. 52. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to, 105, A legacy 
bequeathed to, 130. Preaches at West- 
field, 145. Illness of, 241. Death of, 
1729, 270. A classmate of Samuel 
Sewall, 274. 

Taylor, James, merchant, Boston, hires a 
warehouse, I. 219 and note. In ac- 
count with Samuel Sewall, 236, 237, 
385 ; II. 47. 

Taylor, James, son of Edward, bearer of 
letters for Samuel Sewall, I. 204, 207. 
Goes to Barbadoes, 246, 247. Death 
of, 253. 

Taylor, Richard, death of, I. 99. 

Taylor, Samuel, son of Edward, death of, 
I. 381. 

Tedd, widow, I. 78. 

Tennison, William, letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, concerning the meeting-house at 
Sudbury, II. 159. One of a committee 

chosen to remove the old meeting- 
house at Sudbury, 159. 

Terrell, Mary, complaint against Thomas 
Fleet, II. 208. Samuel Sewall's repre- 
sentation of his action on her case, 208. 

Terry, Mr., land purchased of, by Samuel 
Sewall, I. 47. 

Terry, Rev. Samuel, Barrington, the re- 
cipient of eight pounds, II. 206, 218. 

Thacher, Mr., death of his daughter Niles, 
II. 52. 

Thacher, Mrs., I. 99. 

Thacher, Oxenbridge, chosen selectman, 
II. 222. 

Thacher, Rev. Peter, Boston, ordained at 
New North Church, II. 104. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, 132. Account of a 
lecture by, 216. 

Thacher, Rev. Peter, Milton, I. 96; II. 
20, 43, 240. Present at ordination of 
Rev. Peter Thacher, from Weymouth, 
at New North Church, 104. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, 187. Death of, men- 
tioned, 187, note. At ordination of Mr. 
Thayer, 297. At ordination of John Cot- 
ton, 298. Death of, at Milton, 1 727, 307. 

Thacher, Thomas, Boston, in captivity, I. 

Thacher, Thomas, Yarmouth, in captivity, 

I. 157. Concerning redemption of, 168. 
204, 206, 211. Death of, 271. 

Thayer, Nathaniel, letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, I. 84. Concerning a bond, 121. 
Concerning bills of exchange, 134. 

Thayer, Samuel, went to live with Samuel 
Sewall, Jr., II. 295. 

Thayer, Susannah, maid to Mrs. Cooper, 

II. 301. Death of, from small-pox, 302. 
Thayer, Zechariah, bond of, given to 

Samuel Sewall, I. 121. 
Thomas, Col., II. 56. 
Thomas, Earl Pembroke, I. 16 
Thomas, Edward, II. 215, note. 
Thomas, Ld. A Bp., Canterbury, I. 16. 
Thomas, Capt. Moses, I. 245; II. 47. 

Cast away near Dungeness, 63. 
Thomas, Rev. William, author of " Chris- 
tian Counsel," etc., II. 215, note. 
Thompson, Mr., I. 260. 
Thomson, Mr., his warehouse burned, I. 

Thomson, Joseph, Hacknev, Eng., letter 

of Samuel Sewall to, I. 288 ; II. 53. 
Thomson, Rev. Samuel, Gloucester, death 

of, II. 182. 
Thornton, Mr., school teacher, I. 113. 
Thornton, Timothy, chosen constable, II. 

Thorowgood, Dr., his treatise entitled 

"Jews in America," I. 22. Quoted by 

Samuel Sewall, 177. 
"Thuamus's History," a manuscript, I. 

Thurston, Elizabeth, maid in Samuel 

Sewall's family, concerning the support 

of her child, I. 269. 



Thurston, John, desires to buy land of 
Samuel Sewall, I. 107. 

Thwing, John, I. 29. 

Tileston, Mr., carpenter, desires to buy a 
house of Samuel Sewall, I. 342. 

Tilly, Mrs. Abigail, born at Elizabeth- 
town, N. J., II. 109. Marries Samuel 
Sewall, 109. 

Tilton, Peter, nominated councillor, I. 2. 

Ting, Mrs., Woburn, death of, II. 298. 

" Tithes to the Ministry," a treatise by 
Rev. Increase Mather, I. 341 ; II. 43. 

Tiverton, R. I., concerning certain taxing 
of the inhabitants of, II. 171. 

Toft, Mr., ordained at Newbury, II. 31. 

Tompson, Joseph, executor of will of 
William Needhara, I. 119. 

Tompson, Deacon Samuel, Braintree, 
receipt of a legacy to his church, I. 27, 

Tomson, Capt., death of, mentioned, II. 

Tomson, Mr., school-master, I. 49. 

Toppan, Abraham, Newbury, II. 194. 

Toppan, Christopher, criticism of a pro- 
clamation by Gov. Dudley, I. 421. 

Toppan, Samuel, mentioned, 1. 85. Brings 
news to Samuel Sewall of his uncle's 
death, 60. 

Topsfield, Mass., II. 306. 

Torrey, Josiah, concerning a bOnd, 1. 121. 
Concerned about drunkenness of the 
Indians, 376 and note. 

Torrey, Samuel, letter to Jeremy Dum- 
mer on his treatise, I. 304. 

Torrington (Lord Viscount), II, 170. 

Tortugas Islands, in trade with Boston in 
1688, I. 4, 67. 

Tower Hill, R. I., I. 26, note. 

Townsend, Goodman, a tenant of Gov. 
Bellingham, I. 9. 

Townsend, Penn, witness to deed, I. 69, 
note. Chosen to receive the Earl of 
Bellomont, 194, 201. Justice of Peace, 
265. Member of Council, 311. In ex- 
pedition to Port Royal, 349. Mentioned, 
II. 3. Copy of letter on marriage with 
cousin, 17. Trustee of the Edward 
Hopkins legacy, 29. Mentioned, 103. 
Bearer to Madam Bridget Usher, 1723, 
150, 304. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
164. Funeral of, mentioned, 1727, 228. 
Bearer for Madam Dudley, 1722, 303. 
Councillor, 304. Death of, 1727, 307. 

Townsend, Mrs. Penn, attended funeral 
of Madam Usher, II. 304. 

Townshend (Lord Viscount), II. 170. 

Trade and shipping, restriction upon, in 
the colonies, 1717, I. 14. 

Traders, petition of, for trial by General 
Court, I. 334. 

Trail, William, II. 209. 

Treat, Gov., mentioned, I. 182, 398. 

Treat, Mr., Eastham, I. 95. 

Treat, Rev. Samuel, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, II. 23. 

Tredah, Ireland, King William's army at, 

I. 94. 
Tremellius, engaged in translating the Old 

Testament, II. 199 and note. 
Trowbridge, Caleb, a debtor to estate of 

Samuel Sewall, II. 277. 
Tue, Capt., I. 202. 
Tuft, , at Harvard College, death of, 

I. 329. 

Tuphas, Bethiah, widow, a present of 
pewter spoons from Samuel Sewall to, 

II. 127. 

Tupper, Capt. Thomas, to build a meet- 
ing-house at Sandwich, I. 62 and note, 
85. Concerning the meeting-house at 
Sandwich, 113, 122. 

Turfrey, Mr., sick with small-pox, I. 

Turfrey, Edward, clerk to Mr. Addington, 
I. 224. 

Turner, John, concerning some land 
owned by him at Barnstable, II. 195. 

Tuthill, Capt. Zecheriah, at the castle, I. 
380. Buried, II. 302. 

Tuttle, Capt., Dover, N. H., I. 183. 

Twelves, Robert, concerning an account 
with Samuel Sewall, I. 47. 

Twisse, Dr., quoted by Samuel Sewall, 
concerning the New Jerusalem, I. 177. 

Twitchel, Joseph, of Sherbourn, Mass., 

I. 284. 

" Two Brothers," ship, I. 30, 32, 38. 48, 

Tyler, Andrew, chosen assessor, II. 222. 
Tyley, Samuel, Jr., witness to a paper, 

II. 114. Witness to deed, 136. 
Tyng, Edward, witness to will of Gov- 
ernor Bellingham, I. 11. 

Tyng, Jonathan, executor of will of Heze- 
kiah Usher, I. 190. Concerned in Mrs. 
Usher's claim, 223. His allegations 
against Mrs. Usher's dower, 225. His 
account of dower on estate of Madam 
Usher, II. 159. Mentioned, 196. Death 
of, 304. 

Tyng, William, colonial treasurer, I. 99, 


Umpas, Thomas, books delivered to him 
by Samuel Sewall, II. 177. 

" Unity," ship, I. 157. 

Upham, William P., II. 174, note. 

Usher, Hezekiah, Sr., his estate insolvent, 
I. 225. 

Usher, Hezekiah, Jr., concerning letter of 
attorney to Samuel Sewall, I. 78. His 
tobacco stopper, 79. Lives at Mr, 
Wyllys, 86. Mentioned, 98. His farm 
at Nonacoicus (Groton), 98, note. Con- 
cerning a deed of feoffment for Mrs. 
Usher, 142. Will of, 138, note. De- 
mands certain rents, 143. Death of, at 
Lynn, 188, 190. Principal legatee of 
his father's will, 225. 





Usher, Mrs. Hezekiah, Jr., (Bridget), 
goes to England, I. 50. Mentioned, 54, 
100, note. Letters of Samuel Sewall to, 
78, 86, 97, 138, 142, 149, 170, 179 ; II. 94. 
Concerning a certificate of her mar- 
riage, I. 116. Is desired by Samuel 
Sewall to procure some other agent, 
124. Paid £15 by Samuel Sewall, 132. 
The separation from her husband, 138, 
note. Decision of the judges upon a 
deed of feoffment for, 142. Tabular 
statement of Samuel Sewall's account 
with her, 150. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, telling of death of Mr. 
Usher, 189. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
concerning her claim to her husband's 
estate, 221-225. Endeavors to recover 
her dower, 225. Installed in her man- 
sion house in Boston, 231. Her health 
impaired, II. 78. Author of a treatise 
dedicated to Mrs. Tryphena Grove, 94. 
Death of, 149, 304. Concerning her 
estate and will, 150. Buried at Brain- 
try, 150. Her will, 151. Funeral ser- 
mon in remembrance of, 154. Funeral 
sermon on, mentioned, 156. Her es- 
tate, 158, 159. Some legacies of, 158. 
Schedule of articles from her effects 
sent to Mrs. Cotton, 188. Books be- 
longing to her estate and sent to Mrs. 
Cotton, 189. Memorandum of persons 
who received money from her estate, 
by the bounty of Rev. William and 
Madam Cotton, 206. An appraisement 
of some of her effects, 227. 

U r, Rev, J., II. 162. 

Usher, John, Charlestown, letters of Sam- 
uel Sewall to, II. 152, 167. 

Usher, John, I. 180, note. 

Ustis, Benjamin, chosen constable, II. 

Utrecht, treaty of, II. 33, note. 


Valentine, Mr., public notary, I. 334. 

Valentine, John, I. 331. Death of, 1724, 
II. 162. 

" Valley of Baca," a tract, II. 89. 

Van Courtland, Jacobus, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, I. 313. 

Vane, Sir Henry, governor of Massachu- 
setts, I. 295. Concerning his leaving 
Boston, II. 37. Chosen deputy of gen- 
eral court at Boston, 38 and note. 

Vassal, Maj ., his land adjoirfs Samuel 
Sewall's, II. 227, 264. 

Vaudreil, Governor, encourages the Indi- 
ans against the English, II. 140. 

Vaughan, Col. George, II. 9. 

Vaughan, William, Dover, letters of Sam- 
uel Sewall to I. 182, 200; II. 9. His 
demand due from the mint, 9. 

Veasy, W., concerning a warrant, I. 95. 

Veazie, Samuel, master of the ketch 

" Hopewell," L 4. Goods consigned to, 
by Samuel Sewall, 114. 

Venteno, Lewis, chosen constable, II. 222. 

Verien, Mr., I. 345. 

Verses, Samuel Sewall sends a Latin verse 
to Capt. Josias Crow, with a piece of 
his daughter's bridecake, I. 245. " A 
Simple Poem on the Authors and 
Designs of this Booke," 255. Sam- 
uel Sewall sends a Latin verse to Cot- 
ton Mather, 314. A memorandum in 
Latin from Samuel Sewall to Richard 
Henchman, 314. In Latin, and trans- 
lation written by Rev. Nehemiah Ho- 
bart to Samuel Sewall, 315, 316. In 
Latin on the death of Samuel Sewall's 
grandchild, 399. On the capture of 
Port Royal, copied by Samuel Sewall, 
406 and" note. On C. Mr's (Mather's) 
diploma, given to Samuel Sewall by D. 
I. Mather, 407 and note. In Latin on 
death of Rev. Mr. Pemberton, II. 68. 
Composed by Samuel Sewall on the 
death of infant son of John Winthrop, 
F. R. S., 70. Latin, quoted by Samuel 
Sewall on the numerous deaths in his 
family, 84. Latin couplet by Samuel 
Sewall, 123. A Latin distich by Sam- 
uel Sewall, 139. In Latin by Samuel 
Sewall on the tragedy of Black Friers, 
141. A Latin distich by Samuel Sewall, 
174. Latin verse by Samuel Sewall on 
marriage of John Wendall and Eliza- 
beth Quincy, 178. A Latin couplet by 
Samuel Sewall on the death of his 
brother, 193. 

Vetch, Capt. Samuel, scheme of, for set- 
tling Nova Scotia, I 368 and note. 
House struck by lightning, II. 80. 

Vifuen (Vivien), Lvdia, widow of John 
Vivien, II. 187 and note, 188. Attended 
funeral of Madam Usher, 304. 

Vincent, Mr., his explanation of the cat- 
echism, I. 419. 

Virginia, mention of address of Governor 
and Council of, to James II., I. 60, note. 

Volcanic eruptions, concerning, I. 227 
and note. 

Vreeman, Mr., of Schenectady, concern- 
ing his work among the Indians, I. 250, 


Wadsworth, Rev. Benjamin, catechism 
by, II. 40. Preaches at Fast at New 
South Church, 64. Living at Cam- 
bridge 190. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, 196. Receives money from estate of 
Madam Usher, 206. Letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, describing an earthquake 
shock, 229. Chosen President of Har- 
vard College in place of Rev. Cotton 
Mather deceased, 242, 306. At ordina- 
tion of James Allen, 300. Funeral ser- 
mon by, on President Leverett, 305. 



On Committee to notify Rev. Joseph 
Sewall of his nomination as President 
of Harvard College, 805. 
Wadsworth, Mrs. Benjamin, II. 197. 
Wads worth, James, Durham, Conn., I. 

Wadsworth, Joseph, treasurer, II. 134, 
185. Chosen town treasurer, 222. 
Chosen representative, 224. 
Wadsworth, Lieut. Timothy, in expedition 

to Port Royal, I. 349. 
Wadsworth House, building of the, at 

Cambridge, II. 197, note. 
Wainwright, Francis, II. 134, note. Death 

of, 303. 
Wakefield, Capt, II. 166. 
Wakefield, Obadiah, takes sand from 

Cotton Hill, I. 218. 
Waldo, Mr. Jonathan, II. 212. Chosen 

select-man, 222. 

Waldron, Richard, Dover, I. 7, 135, 341. 

Order of boards from Samuel Sewall to, 

123. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, and 

sends sermons, II. 128. Description of 

the earthquake in Portsmouth by, 282. 

Waldron, Mrs. Richard, II. 129. 

Waldron, Rev. William, mention of his 

sickness, II. 228. Death of, 307. 
Walk, John, captain of the barque " Olive 

Branch," I. 133. 
Walker, Admiral, II. 296. 
Walker, Mr., of Woodbury, his indebted- 
ness to Samuel Sewall, I. 253. Death 
of, 253. 
Walker, Mrs., owns a book which Samuel 

Sewall desires to buy, I. 226. 
Walker, Benjamin, sum paid on his mort- 
gage to Mrs. Pierson, I. 218. 
Walker, Thomas, concerning sand taken 

from Cotton Hill, I. 218. 
Walker, Zacariah, letter of Samuel Sew- 
all to, about his account, I. 210. Death 
of his mother, 210. 
Walker, Mrs. Zacariah, I. 210. 
Walley, Maj. John, Bristol, mentioned, I. 
25, 263. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
concerning a meeting at Pettaquamscot, 
105. Grandchild born to, 254. His sick- 
ness mentioned by Samuel Sewall, 413, 
414. Death of his daughter, Mrs. Wil- 
loughby, II. 216. 
Walley, John, marries Bethiah Aires, 

1713, II. 298. 
Wallev, Mrs. Sarah, I. 106, 110. 

Wallis, , mariner, I. 99, 102. 

Wallis, Dr., publishes a work on the Sab- 
bath, I. 153. 
Walter, Rev. Nehemiah, letter of Samuel 
Sewall to, applying the Parable of the 
Sower, I. 287. Tract by, in " Glory of 
Christ," II. 16. Trustee of the Edward 
Hopkins legacy, 29. Sermon on Holi- 
ness of Heaven, 211, 242. Account of 
Roxbury lecture by, 216. Memoran- 
dum of letter from Samuel Sewall, 249. 
At ordination, 297. Mentioned, 300. 

Prayed at meeting at house of Samuel 

Sewall, Jr., 300. Prayed at funeral of 

Joshua Lamb, 303. 
Walter, Mrs. Nehemiah, II. 211. 
Walter, Rev. Thomas, death of, II. 306. 

Funeral sermon on, by Dr. Mather, 

Wampon, widow, Indian, II. 128. 
Wanscon, an Indian in military service, 

II. 177. 
Ward, Rev. John, I. 394, note. 
Ward, Nahum, II. 284. 
Warning, copy of, sent to Roger Judd to 

vacate his house, I. 209. 
Warrants, inquiries of Samuel Sewall 

concerning the signing of, I. 275. 
Warren, Peter, death of, at Nevis, I. 

Warren, Rev. Thomas, England, I. 133; 

II. 24. Preached at Rumsey, 38. 
Water, drinking of warm, recommended by 

Christian Lodovick, II. 28. 
Waters, Bevil, concerning his discharge, 

I. 41. 
Waters, Thomas, carries relief to sufferers 

at York, Me., I. 188. 
Watertown, Mass., report of a committee 

for settling a minister at, I. 140. Con- 
cerning the erection of a meeting-house 

at, 141. 
Watson, Caleb, Hartford, letter of Samuel 

Sewall to, II. 5. 
Watson, Mrs. Caleb II. 6. 
Watson, Elkana, lost on Barnstable Bar, 

I. 101. 
Weare, , mariner, I. 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 

118, 128. 
Weare, Peter, a mechanic, 1. 150. Delivers 

a warning to Roger Judd to quit a house, 

Webb, Mr., of Fairfield, I. 255. 
Webb, Mrs., death of, from small-pox, II. 

Webb, Christopher, bonds given to, for col- 
lection, I. 121. 
Webb, John, mentioned, I. 5. 
Webb, Rev. John, ordained at New North 

Church, II. 32 and note. Letter of 

Samuel Sewall to, 234. Ordained, 298. 
Webb, Joseph, chosen constable, II. 222. 
Webber, Capt., vessel taken by French 

privateer, II. 1 and note. 
Webster, John, letter of Samuel Sewall 

to, concerning Joshua Brown, whom he 

considers a dissenter, I. 417. 
Weeks, Mr., II. 221. 
Weld, Dr., I. 76 

Weld, Edmund, Ensign. Roxbury, II. 302. 
Weld, Mrs. Edmund, Roxbury death of, 

from small-pox, II. 302. 
Weld, Thomas, letter to Samuel Sewall 
concerning some land in Dunstable, 
II. 194, 196, note. 
Wells, Rev. Samuel, Lebanon, pays his 
fine instead of serving as constable, 
II. 223. 



Wells, Me., provision sent to, I. 6. A 
defence needed against attack by the 
French, 115. Attempted attack on town 
of, 120. 

Welsteed, William, commander of ship 
" Two Brothers," I. 30. Mentioned, 32, 
35, note, 45, 117; II. 204. His intention 
to sell the ship "Two Brothers," I. 38. 
Executor of will of Grove Hirst, II. 75. 
.Justice of Peace, 136. Concerning 
the indebtedness of Mr. Henchman to 
Madam Usher's estate, 205. Touched 
with palsy, 213. Assists Samuel Sewall 
in distributing .£400 given by liev. 
Thomas Cotton for charitable uses, 217. 
His son married to Capt. Hutchinson's 
daughter, 264. Rides at the funeral of 
Madam Usher, 304. 

Wendal, Jacob, bearer for Madam Wil- 
loughby, 1726, II. 306. 

Wendall, John, Albany, marries Elizabeth 
Quincey, II. 78. Cousin of Samuel 
Sewall, 192. His safe arrival in London, 

Wendel, Col., bearer for Mrs. Samuel 
Sewall, Jr., 1761, II. 320. 

Wentworth, Lieut.-Gov., Hampton, II. 258. 

Wesendunck, Stephen, London, letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, I. 281. 

West, Capt., of the "Bedford Gaily," 
I. 168. 

West, Secretary, mentioned, I. 86. 

West, Henry, bearer of letters, I. 99. 

Westfield, a meeting-house built at, II. 

Westmorland, Earl of, II. 170. 

Wethersfield, Conn., I. 265. 

Wharton, Richard, goes to England, I. 50. 
Death of, mentioned, 96. Agent of Gov- 
ernor Belli ngham's estates, 99, note. 
His three marriages, 99, note. A bi- 
ographical sketch of, 100, note. Con- 
tests Governor Bellingham's will, 101, 
note. Conveys land at Winnisimmet to 
John Blake, 103, note. His petition for 
his pay for services on the will case, 103, 

Wheat, John, II. 221. 

Wheat, Mrs. Marcy, England, II. 45. 

Wheeler, Joseph, goods sold to, by Sam- 
uel Sewall, I. 30. 

Wheelwright, John, Wells, Me., letter 
from Samuel Sewall, concerning suf- 
ferers from the Indians, I. 183. 

Wheelwright, Rev. John, of Salisbury, 
Mass., I. 18. A friend of Harvard 
College, 20, note. 

Whidden, Eliza, I. 28. 

Whiston, Mr, I. 374. 

Whitcomb, Mrs., Boston, I. 190. 

White, Mr., author of tract on Secret 
Prayer, II. 97. 

White, Mr., a carpenter, ships with Capt. 
Lilly, I. 331. 

White, Benjamin, Jr., chosen deacon of 
Brookline Church, II. 300. 

White, Benjamin, death of, II. 304. 

White, Edmund, London, I. 44. 

White, Edward, bearer for Mrs. Samuel 
Sewall, Jr., II. 320. Bearer for Samuel 
Sewall, Jr., 320. 

White, John, praecentor, II 104, note. 
Death of, from small-pox, 302. 

White, Capt. Peregrine, mentioned, I. 16, 

White, Samuel, chosen assessor, IT. 222. 
Bearer for Samuel Sewall, Jr., 320. 

White, Timothy, preacher at Nantucket, 
II. 240. 

White, William, I. 364, 387. 

Whitfield, Mr., England, I. 96, 118. 

Whitfield, Nathaniel, London, I. 130. 

Whitfield, Samuel, I. 237. 

Whiting, Mr., Billeriea, buried, II. 16. 

Whiting, Mr., England, concerning the 
money for Mr. Clark's children, 1. 166, 
258. His death causes a delay in the 
payment of the Clark legacies, 267. 

Whiting, Mr., fellow at Harvard College, 
I. 329. 

Whiting, Rev. Mr., II. 70. 

Whiting, Capt. William, 1. 187, 191. Let- 
ter of Samuel Sewall to, concerning the 
distribution of relief to sufferers from 
Indians, 188. 

Whitman, Rev. Mr., Hull, II. 43. 

Whitmore, William H., II. 30. note. 

Whitney's Hill, Watertown, I. 141. 

Whitteridge, Mr., I. 387. 

Whittimore, Nathaniel, his verses men- 
tioned, I. 324. 

Whittingham, Madam, a sermon on the 
death of, sent to Samuel Sewall, II. 81. 
Her character, 82. 

Wiantinuck, Conn., I. 262. 

Wiggles worth, Rev. Michael, sermon to 
young men, II. 230, 232. Installed Pro- 
fessor at Harvard, 304. 

Wilbore, Mrs., I. 40. 

Wilcox, Ephraim, Middleton, a sufferer 
from war, I. 191. 

Wild, , I. 29, m. 

Wildboar, John, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, I. 108. 

Wilkins, Mr., I. 273. 

Wilkinson, Isaac, chosen constable, II. 

Will of Madam Usher, concerning the, II. 

Willard, Mrs., mentioned, I. 91. 

Willard, Daniel, concerning a bond, I. 

Willard, Josiah, tutor at Harvard College, 
I. 329 and note. Vindicates Jeremiah 
Dummer, II. 57. 

Willard, Rev. Samuel, Boston, I. 58, note. 
Concerning aid for the sufferers from 
the French attack, 126. Mentioned, 
61, 329, note, 347; II. 15o. A tract 
" The Fountain Opened," I. 341, note. 
Funeral sermon mentioned, 258, 359. 
Death of, mentioned, 364. His sermon 



on the conversion of the Jews, men- 
tioned, II. 145. Buried in tomb of 
John Hull, 310. 

Willard, Mrs, Samuel (Eunice), Boston, 
funeral of, II. 300. 

Willard, Simon, concerning some verses 
on the capture of Port Royal, I. 406 
and note. 

William, Duke of Devonshire, I. 17. 

William and Mary proclaimed king and 
queen, I. 144, note. 

" William and Mary," ship, I. 286. 

Williams, Goodman, a tenant of Mrs. 
Bridget Usher, I. 97. 

Williams, Dr., bearer for Madam Wil- 
loughby, II. 306. 

Williams, Mr., Longmeadow, II. 65. 

Williams, Elijah, son of Rev. John, II. 
259, 260. 

Williams, Rev. Elisha, New Haven, let- 
ter to Samuel Sewall, II. 243. Letter of 
Samuel Sewall to, II. 272. 

Williams, Rev. John and wife taken 
captives by Indians, I. 298. Letters of 
Samuel Sewall to, 323 and note, 328 ; 
II. 63. Returns from captivity in Can- 
ada, I. 340. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, on his marrying his cousin, 351. 
His wife murdered by the Indians, 352, 
note. Marries his cousin for second 
wife, 352 and note. Letter to Samuel 
Sewall concerning his marriage, 354. 
His daughter come out of captivity, II. 
66. Mentioned, 102, 260. 

Williams, Mrs. John (Anne), II. 65. 

Williams, John, merchant, Boston, II. 245. 

Williams, John, Barbadoes, concerning 
money lent him bv Samuel Sewall, I. 
133, 136. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
demanding a debt, 246, 247. 

Williams, Jonathan, chosen select-man, 
II. 222. 

Williams, M., at East at New South 
Church, II. 64. 

Williams, Margery, a tenant of Mrs. 
Usher, I. 171. 

Williams, Nathaniel (Lieut.), Conn., con- 
tribution to war, I. 5. 

Williams, Nathaniel, school-master, Bos- 
ton, letter of Samuel Sewall to, 365. 
His school visited, II. 111. 

Williams, Oliver, I. 310. 

Williams, Robert, a tenant of Mrs. 
Bridget Usher, I. 78, 86. Amount of 
rent paid Mrs. Usher, 151. 

Williams, Roger, agent of Samuel Sewall 
in respect to Block Island, I. 47, note. 
Death of, 47 and note. 

Williams, Capt. Stephen, Roxbury, death 
of, II. 300. 

Williams, Rev. William, Hatfield, II. 60, 
65. Paper to the ministers, 209. Let- 
ter to Samuel Sewall giving his ideas 
of the New Jerusalem, etc., 250-253. 

Williams College properly stands on 
Vermont ground, II. 125, note. 

Willis, , sold his plantation at Anti- 
gua and returns to Boston, I. 43. 

Willis, Capt., concerning the payment of 
his soldiers, I. 132. 

Willis, Mr., Medford, II. 297. 

Willis, Lieut. Stephen, I. 369. 

Willoughby, Erancis, mentioned, I. 15. 
377, 378. 

Willoughby, Madam Sarah, death of, II. 
216, 806. 

Wills, Robert, I. 78. 

Wilson, Ebenezer, high sheriff of New 
York, I. 12. 

Wilson, Capt. John, desired to sell land 
belonging to Samuel Shepard, I. 351. 

Wilson, Samuel, a purchaser of Point 
Judith, I. 106. Concerning a meeting 
at Pettaquamscot, 108. 

W th J— n, letter of, II. 162. 

Winchcomb, Mr., denied attendance upon 
court, I. 347. 

Winchester, Capt., bearer for Samuel 
Sewall, Jr., II. 320. 

Winchester, John, death of, II. 299. 

Winchester, John, Jr., bearer to Thomas 
Gardner, II. 298. 

Winchester, Josiah, bearer for Capt. Sam- 
uel Aspinwall, II. 307. 

Winchester, Josiah, Jr., dies suddenly, II. 

W T ing, Capt., mentioned, I. 2. 

Winkley, Samuel, master of the ketch 
"Adventure," I. 3, 115. 

Winnepiseochee Lake, II. 129. 

Winnisimet, possible sale of, I. 249. 

Winslow, Col., Plimouth, mentioned, II. 3, 
221, 246. Chosen bearer for Samuel 
Sewall, Jr., 320. 

Winthrop, Col. Adam, son of Adam, 
promised payment of money by, I. 135. 
Sum paid on Mrs. Pierson's mortgage, 
218. Mentioned, II. 108, 176. Chosen 
as treasurer pro tern, of Society for 
Propagation of Gospel, in place of Sam- 
uel Sewall, 166. Bearer for Madam 
Dudley, 303. Death of Francis Wain- 
wright at his house, 303. On commit- 
tee to notify Rev. Joseph Sewall of his 
nomination as President of Harvard 
College, 305. 

Winthrop, John, chosen governor for 
Massachusetts, I. 295. Funeral sermon 
mentioned, 359. Mentioned, II. 31. 
His notes of the election, 1637, 39. 

Winthrop, Gov. John, Jr., Connecticut, 
mentioned, I. 100, note. 

Winthrop, John, F. R. S , mentioned, II. 
80, 82, 137. Letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, on the death of his son, 69 and note. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 190. His 
indebtedness to his father's estate, 190. 
Letter of Samuel Sewall to, concerning 
his intention of leaving New England. 

Winthrop, John, infant son of John, 
F. R. S., death of, II. 69. 



Winthrop, Robert C, II. 60, note. 

Winthrop, Stephen, Westminster, Eng., 
death of, I. 45. His will, 45. 

Winthrop, Mrs. Stephen (Judith), execu- 
tor of her husband's will, I. 45. 

Winthrop, Wait, appointed arbitrator in 
the Rev. Samuel Parris controversy, I. 
16, note. Acknowledges deed of sale of 
Hog Island, 69, note. Chosen to receive 
the Earl of Bellomont, 194, 201. Mem- 
ber of superior court, 215. Mentioned, 
II. 14. Trustee of the Edward Hopkins 
legacy, 29. Letter of John Barrington 
to, and the council, 62. Death of, men- 
tioned, 79. Buried, 85. Address of 
Samuel Sewall delivered on the death 
of, 86. Chief justice, 90. 

Winthrop, Mrs. Wait (Katherine), death 
of, II. 190. Concerning a bond due her 
estate, 193, 194. 

Winthrop's Pond, I. 283. 

Wise, Rev. John, letter of Samuel Sewall 
to, concerning his conjecture of the 
original inhabitants of America, I. 196. 
Mentioned, II. 210. 

Wiswall, Rev. Ichabod, invited to go to 
England, as agent for the Bay colony, 
I. 95. In England as agent of Ply- 
mouth colony, 95, note. 

Wiswall, S., a preacher to the Indians, II. 

Witchcraft, six persons executed for, at 
Salem, I. 132. 

Witnesses, the slaughter of, declared in 
Revelations, mentioned by Samuel 
Sewall, II. 22, 54, 59, 64, 65, 78, 83, 199. 

Wood, Eliezer, concerning a bond, I. 121 

Woodbridge, Mr., mentioned, I. 63. 

Woodbridge, Rev. Ashbel, Glastenbury, 
a sermon from Samuel Sewall, II 

Woodbridge, Benjamin, letters of Samuel 
Sewall to, I. 125, 369 ; II. 229. 

Woodbridge, John, nominated councillor, 

Woodbridge, John, schoolmaster at New- 
bury, I. 50. Receives certain orders 
from Samuel Sewall, 115. Receives 
present from Samuel Sewall, II. 112. 

Woodbridge, Rev. John, II. 133, note. 

Woodbridge, Martha, II. 133 and note. 

Woodbridge, Mary, II. 133. 

Woodbridge, Theodor, II. 269. 

Woodbridge, Rev. Timothy, Hartford, II. 
35, 227. Letter of Samuel Sewall to, 
and sends present to his wife, I. 127 
Letters of Samuel Sewall to, II. 103, 
182. Letter of, to Samuel Sewall on 
the death of his wife, 117. Letter of 

Samuel Sewall to, concerning his sister 

for a third wife, 133 and note. 
Woodbridge, Mrs. Timothy, I. 127; II. 

104. Receives sermons from Samuel 

Sewall, 232, 269. 
Woodey, Richard, soap-boiler, I. 199. 
Woodman, Capt., Dover, N. H., I. 183. 
Woodman, Mr. and Mrs., Newbury, Mass., 

Woodman, Betty, I. 19. 
Woodman, Jonathan, I. 29. Samuel 

Sewall writes about his debt, 242. 
Woodmansey, James, II. 109. 
Woodrop, Mr., Scotch minister, goes to 

England, I. 50. 
Woodstock, Mass., I. 240. 
AVoodward, , Secretary to Governor 

Burgess, II. 49. 
Worthington, Rev. William, Stonington, 

II. 186. 
Wotton, Mr., I. 118. 
Wright, Capt., II. 284. 
Wright, Edward, concerning boundarv 

of land, I. 163. 
Wright, Sir Nathan, keeper of the Great 

Seal, I. 16, 105, note. 
Wright, Samuel, letter of Samuel Sewall 

to, II. 265. 
Wyllis, Samuel, Antigua, letter from 

Samuel Sewall, I. 29. 
Wyllys, , Mr. Usher lives at house of. 

I. 86. 
Wyllys, Mrs., the bounds of her land, I 

Wynn, Capt., of ship "Advice," I. 220. 

Sails from Nantasket, 226. 

Yale, Elihu, mentioned, I. 214, note. 

Yale College, Letter of Samuel Sewall, 
concerning the government at, I. 259, 
263. Mentioned, 354, note. How the 
news of it came to Samuel Sewall, II. 

York, Me., an attack made on, I. 129. 

Yorke, Sir Philip (Lord Chancellor), re- 
port on the memorial of Governor 
Shute, II. 164 and note. 

Yorke, Mrs. Joanna, Stonington, legacy 
to a church, I. 28. 

Young, Mr., II. 240. 


Zebbitt, Mr., comes from England, I. 43. 
44, 47. 




VOL. I. 

N. B. — In finding the line, unless otherwise specified, count from the top of the page. 

Line. Reference. 

1. (3.) For "The Vote for Nomination," read " The Votes," 


2. (11.) For "102," read "102—." 

3. (abt. mid. of p.) Between the figures £19 17 [6] and the line below 

insert the date " [May] 23." 
" (3 from bot.) For " Fourty Barrels of Pork," read " Fourty Bar- 
rels of Mackarel." 

5. (9 from bot.) The line "15 Bushels Rie of Tho. Harwood .... 

2 5 0," should be printed as follows, viz.: "15 
Bushels Rie of Tho. Harwood 2. 5. 0." 

6. (abt. mid. of p.) Place the word "York" over the word "Kittery," 

and erase the " — {" which follow the word 
12. (2.) For " any," read " my License." 

21. (16 from bot.) Add " See post, p. 238." 
25. (14 from bot.) After the word " Left," insert "it." 
30. (14.) For " £32 11 1," read " £32 1 11." 

" "Ke[llond] 5 " « " Ke[lland]." 
" " which," read " [which]." 
« "45£,"read "115£." 
Insert reference to "Hume's Hist, of England, VI. 

For "forty'-' and "forty-eight," read "forty-eight" 

and "forty-nine." 
For " Saltt to [Tortuga]," read " Salt Tortuga [?]." 
After "Flacius Illyricus," add " Mathias Fran- 
co witz." 
For " not reading," read " not ordering the reading." 
Add to note, " See post, 226, note." 
For " eleven," read " fourteen." 



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" "or," read "as." 








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Omit comma after "nimis." 

" "talibus." 
Change semicolon after " concedatur " into comma. 
Add, " See Sewall's Diary, I. 68, note 2.— Ens." 
^fr? nip?, h. e., " Spes Israelis de 10 tribubus. 
Amst. 1650." This bore fruit in the question 
proposed for the Master's degree at Cambridge in 
the following year, 1699 : A re the A mer icons Israel- 
ites? See Proceed. Mass. Hist. Soc, xviii. 121. — 
227. (last line text.) Add note to sentence in Latin, "See ante, 163. — 
For "Andrae," read "Andreas." 
" "lignanti," " "lignandi." 
" "Subitis," " "Subditis." 
" "quovit," " "quovis." 
" " Articulae octav," read "Articulo octavo." 
" "nulle," read "nullo." 
Add, "It is printed in full in Sewall's Diary, II. 

Add note to "Pole's Synopsis," "See ante, 226. — 

Add note, " Terence, Andria, III. 3. 23. —Eds." 

" " "Ovid, Trist. II. 266. — Eds." 
For " vola," read " nota." 
Add, " See post, 318; Vol. II. 104." 
Add note to " Noyes," " See Sewall's Diary, II. 94, 

99. — Eds." 
Indent second line. 
Add, "See II. 104." 

" "III. 322." 
For " Cowley 1 ," read "Cowley 2 ." 
Add note to "Marriage," "See Sibley's Harvard 
Graduates, II. 243; Sewall's Diary, III. 2S0; 
Proceed. Mass. Hist. Soc. (2d Ser.), III. 3S0. — 
Add note to « Distich," " See Sewall's Diary, II. 137; 

ante, 314; and post, 324. —Eds." 
Add note to " Anti phony," " See post, 324. This is 
not referred to by Sibley in his Bibliography of C. 
Mather. — Eds." 
Add after "Dryden," "Translation of Tenth Satire 

of Juvenal, 1. 351." 
Add note to "Distich," "See ante, 314; Sewall's 

Diary, II. 140. — Eds." 
Add note to "m obitum crucis," "See Sewall's 

Diary, II. 143, 150. — Eds." 
For " iliac," read " illuc." 


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Add note, "Ovid, Heroid. xv. 79: Molle meum, levi- 

busque cor est violabile telis. — Eds." 
Add note " See Se wall's Diary, II. 181. —Eds." 
" " "See Sewall's Diary, II. 257. — Eds." 
" " " See Boston Town Records, 269. March 
13, 1703-4 (Eighth Rep. Record Com., 29); Se- 
lectmen's Records, 87. June 27, 1704 (Eleventh 
Ibid., 38).— Eds." 
Add note to Latin quotation, " Hor. Ars Poet., v. 

31. — Eds." 
Add note to " Theses," " See Sewall's Diary, II. 282. 

— Eds." 
For "ap.," read u apud." Indent lines two and 

four in Latin verses. 
For "ap.," read " apud." 

' Parens," read " Pareus." 
'vivorum," read "virorum." 
' mint," read " merit." 
' Thuamus's," read " Thuanus's." 
' Reyn," read " Keyn."